Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) joined the group of conservatives protesting Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein’s plan to make a film slamming the National Rifle Association (NRA), telling Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Thursday it was sure to bomb at the box office.
“The great thing is, the market will take care of this,” Cruz said. “These left-wing propaganda films that people like Weinstein like to put out, they never sell any tickets.”
Cruz did not mention that Weinstein’s companies have distributed several films by documentarian Michael Moore, which collectively have made more than $330 million worldwide, including the highest-grossing documentary ever in Farenheit 9/11.
Weinstein announced the project during an interview on Wednesday with satellite radio host Howard Stern, saying he hated guns and calling the NRA “a disaster area.”
“I’m gonna make a movie with Meryl Streep and we’re gonna take this issue head on,” Weinstein told Stern. “They’re gonna wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.”
Seizing on Weinstein’s production of violent Quentin Tarantino films like the Kill Bill series, Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained, Cruz and Van Susteren derided him as a hypocrite.
“I’ve read that he has a private security detail,” Van Susteren said.
“And his answer is for the single mom who lives in the inner city, who has to ride the subway late at night, who works two jobs, and who has a real threat of violence, he’s telling her she can’t protect herself,” Cruz responded. “That’s not a message that the American people agree with. We have a right to protect ourselves, it’s protected in the Constitution.”
Cruz did not mention that several polls taken last year indicated widespread support for tighter gun regulation, which the NRA opposes at every turn.
Watch the interview, as posted online on Thursday, below.