Ted Cruz, a gnarly gourd slowly depressing a fully inflated whoopee cushion, has an alternate theory about the Planned Parenthood shooter, reports the Texas Tribune.

When a reporter reminded Cruz it has been reported Dear made a comment about “baby parts” while being apprehended, Cruz retorted, “It’s also been reported that he was registered as an independent and a woman and a transgendered leftist activist. If that’s what he is, I don’t think it’s fair to blame on the rhetoric on the left. This is a murderer.”

So. Some looney-tune “right-of-center” website latches onto one piece of information, and suddenly the right has a lefty boogeyman to blame for an attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic, even while their candidates take their sweet time denouncing this person’s act.

The wife of alleged shooter Robert L. Dear—who might know!—describes him differently:

“He believed wholeheartedly in the Bible,” she said. “That’s what he always said; he read it cover to cover to cover.” But he was not fixated on it, she added.

He was generally conservative, but not obsessed with politics. He kept guns around the house for personal protection and hunting, and he taught their son to hunt doves, as many Southern fathers do. He believed that abortion was wrong, but it was not something that he spoke about much. “It was never really a topic of discussion,” she said.

A crazy person gets a gun and walks into a Planned Parenthood clinic and murders innocent people. Some people then say it is probably time to take a hard look at both our gun control policies and the unscrupulousness of anti-abortion politicians and activists. Some other people accuse them of politicizing a tragedy, all the while delivering to their lunatic constituents a wholly manufactured persona of the perpetrator, for the sole purpose of insulating their deranged politics from their very real consequences.

Remember to vote, friends.

[Texas Tribune] [New York Times]

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