Cruz didn't make state­ment a vi­ral im­age al­leges he did

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - METRO & STATE - By Kyra Haas

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.

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