Cruz didn't make statement a viral image alleges he did
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has been openly opposed to same-sex marriage, but he didn’t blame gay people for mass shootings and public nudity during a 2014 speech.
A 2015 viral image that falsely quotes Cruz is gaining traction again on social media as the Republican incumbent looks to keep his seat
against Democratic nominee U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
This meme about Cruz was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its news feed. We got to the truth of it — and
didn’t find any factual basis for the viral image.
The false image originates from the now defunct Facebook page “Stop the world: Teabaggers want to get off.”
“When gays stayed hidden we had no mass shootings; we had no public nudity,” the meme claims Cruz said. “Society was polite. Now anything and everything goes and I blame them.”
PolitiFact and its affiliates factchecked several similar memes about Cruz from that Facebook page when it was active in 2015. We rated those Cruz-related memes Pants on Fire or False. This claim is no different. The meme says Cruz made
this statement during his speech at a 2014 Conservative Political Action Committee conference. We watched a video of the speech. He does not mention gay people, mass shootings or public nudity.
The original Facebook page had an “About” section that says the page “is for entertainment purposes” and is “primarily satire and parody with a mix of political memes and messages.” However, the meme that’s reappeared
on social media three years later does not have this disclaimer attached.