A link tweeted by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) that has since been deleted suggested that there would be "mandated sex change operations" if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency.
In a Sunday afternoon message posted to Twitter, Cruz linked to a Conservative Review column by Daniel Horowitz titled "Why conservatives will need a new party if/when Hillary wins."
The column makes the case for conservatives creating a new party to oppose Clinton instead of aligning with GOP leaders who "are already planning to greet her with tailwinds instead of headwinds."
But while advocating for the new party, the column also veers into fringe conspiracies.
"[Texas Sen. John Cornyn's] biggest agenda item for a Hillary presidency is to grant her George Soros’s top policy agenda — jailbreak — which will help create a permanent Democrat majority," Horowitz writes, referring to criminal justice reform.
He goes on to predict "mandated sex change operations" by 2020 if conservatives are not able to stop Clinton.
"By that point, we will have mandated sex change operations," Horowitz warns. "Heck, our own military during a time of war and internal morale crisis has already published a handbook on sex changes. We simply don’t have the time to continue down this failed path. We’ve already been in the wilderness for 27 years."
Cruz deleted the tweet hours later, which caused some to speculate that Republican Party leaders had rebuked the Texas senator. But a spokesperson for Cruz said "this tweet didn't come from anyone authorized to use the account (that they know of)," according to Texas Tribune reporter Patrick Svitek.
Team Cruz says this tweet didn't come from anyone authorized to use the account (that they know of). They've asked… https://t.co/F2E06Y7bEZ— Patrick Svitek (@Patrick Svitek) 1476665817.0