Ted Cruz is many things: a senator, a former secret Canadian, an abortion-hating, gay-fearing, avocado-hating weirdo. So it only makes sense that in college at Princeton, Cruz was an anti-rape activist who co-sponsored a campus Take Back the Night March. Wait, what?
In an interview with Business Insider, Cruz touted his college-era anti-rape credentials; he served on the campus safety committee, advocated for "an increase in lighting and rape prevention education" during a reelection campaign. He also opposed a plan to lock the front doors to the freshman dorms, BI writes, saying, according to a Princetonian interview from the time: "I am very worried that administration concern for external crime is replacing concern for internal crime The greater problem is date rape, or assaults by other students, which the planned system would do nothing to stop."
And from those tender seeds sprouted a mighty feminist and a staunch defender of — no, wait, this is the same guy who voted against renewing the Violence Against Women Act (his reasoning being that "stopping and punishing violent criminals is primarily a state responsibility, and the federal government does not need to be dictating state criminal law.") This is the same guy who supports a total abortion ban even in cases of rape.
But at the very least, as BI points out, he co-sponsored Kirsten Gillibrand's bill to make it easier to prosecute military sexual assault. Because it is impossible to be wrong 100 percent of the time, no matter how close you come.
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