“You know, in my household, when a child behaves that way, they get a spanking.”
Ted Cruz — who may or may not be the Zodiac Killer and is definitely not the Devil himself — is facing backlash from both sides after telling a 12-year-old kid that he deserved a spanking during a campaign stop in Indiana. But, like, to Ted Cruz’s credit, the 12-year-old was kind of, sort of, being a d*ck.
Listen, OF COURSE corporal punishment/spanking kids is not an OK thing, and science overwhelmingly shows that spanking has long-term negative effects. BUUUUT the kid was kind of being an *sshole for yelling “you suck!” and “I don’t care!” at the candidate. Also, it’s possible that the pubescent heckler is a Donald Trump supporter, which means his parents probably also support Donald Trump, which means that he’s likely to grow up to be the kind of person who’d chalk things like “deport them all” in front of a college’s Latino cultural center (assuming that he goes to college in the first place, of course). Cruz is right: That’s just bad parenting.
If anything, this hilarious incident challenges the popularly held opinion that Cruz is a robot. It’s clear the heckler got under his skin, and the Texas Senator reacted accordingly. Cruz telling a kid he deserves a spanking is the biggest case for Cruz having a pulse to date. So, congrats, Ted. You’ll likely never convince America to vote for you, but you’ve at least convinced me that you’re capable of human emotion.
Again, spanking or physically striking a child is never OK and is despicable behavior, and this by no means is an endorsement of that type of discipline.*
*Even though I was spanked as a kid and I turned out to be a functional member of society (save for the random but frequent bouts of anger and crippling anxiety, of course).