A campaign “robocall” released by a group supporting Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Friday tried to attack Donald Trump by portraying him as being sympathetic to LGBT equality, Buzzfeed reported.
The ad, paid for by a group calling itself the Courageous Conservative Political Action Committee, features a voiceover saying, “It’s about mandatory celebration. It’s about forcing people to bake cakes and photograph gay weddings. Forcing clergy to officiate. It’s about transgender bathrooms in your child’s school. It
s about tearing down our Judeo-Christian values. It’s about tearing down our America.”
The commercial was released in South Carolina on Friday, a day before the state’s Republican primary. It begins by playing an excerpt of an exchange between Trump and a woman identifying herself as a lesbian.
“We’ve had some great progress for the gay and lesbian community through politics, through all sorts of judicial actions and elected actions over the past 20 years,” she says, before asking, “When President Trump is in office, can we look for more forward motion for equality for gays and lesbians?”
“Well, you can,” the real estate mogul replies. “And look, that’s your thing, and other people have their thing. We have to bring all people together.”
The ad concludes with the voiceover urging listeners, “Ted Cruz for president — now, before it’s too late.”
According to the Washington Post, the group behind the commercial has not ruled out using it as a radio ad for release in states taking part in the March 1 “Super Tuesday” primaries.
A spokesperson for the lawmaker said his campaign was not connected to the commercial.
Listen to the commercial, as posted by Buzzfeed, below.