Rachel Maddow condemned a “nasty” South Carolina robo-call ad created by a super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, which attempts to paint Donald Trump as being sympathetic to gay rights.
Super PAC Courageous Conservatives paid for the robo-call that attacks LGBT Americans by suggesting that any support for LGBT civil rights and equality is “tearing down our America.”
The ad highlights a lesbian reporter’s recent interview with Trump in which she asks the GOP front-runner if LGBT Americans would expect to see “more forward motion on equality for gays and lesbians” under a Trump presidency. Trump says in response, “Well, you can, and look that’s your thing and other people have their thing. We have to bring all people together.”
The announcer says:
NBC News reports that the robo-call went out to approximately 180,000 GOP voters in South Carolina.
USA Today notes that “the bulk” of Courageous Conservatives’ funds “came from a well-established Republican contributor: Missouri construction executive Stan Herzog, who donated $60,000.”
Herzog is the chairman, CEO, and principal shareholder of Herzog Contracting, according to its website. The Missouri-based company operates in three major areas: railroad construction, heavy highway construction, and equipment leasing and sales.
Herzog’s website includes a link to its harassment/discrimination policy, which states:
NCRM called Stan Herzog for comment, asking if he supports the idea that supporting LGBT civil rights is about tearing down Judeo-Christian values and tearing down America, to quote the robocall. We did not receive a response by press time.
Watch Maddow’s segment below in which she points out that all of the Republican candidates running for president are on record as being opposed to marriage equality.