Rafael Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), told a tea party group in 2012 he thinks President Barack Obama should go “back to Kenya.”
Cruz can be seen making the comments in a video posted by YouTube user Michael Openshaw in Sept. 2012 and reported by Mother Jones Thursday. In the clip, Cruz calls America a “Christian Nation” and urges the tea party group to vote only for Republicans in the upcoming 2012 election.
Cruz has gotten more involved with conservative politics since his son was elected to the U.S. Senate. In April 2013, Cruz sat down with the Heritage Foundation to discuss Republican’s Latino outreach.
Cruz has also become more public about his thoughts on Obama. In a YouTube video posted in July 2013, Cruz can be seen repeatedly comparing Obama to Fidel Castro.
A couple of points to ponder. First, every politician has at least one family member that proves to be an embarrassment, but in the case of Mr. Cruz the elder, he’s been an integral part of his son’s rise to power, not just someone riding along on the bus. David Corn at Mother Jones has more on dear old dad’s role in the campaign.
Second, putting aside all the birther insanity, it may take a bit of perspective from living in Miami, but hearing a Cuban immigrant telling a natural-born U.S. citizen to “go back to Kenya” pegs the irony meter at 11.