Cruz of­fers up an­other lie

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - VIEWPOINTS -

Re: Sept. 18 ar­ti­cle, “Search­ing for new wedge is­sue, Cruz says O’Rourke will ban bar­be­cue.”

Rafael “Ted” Cruz is at it again, telling lies to fur­ther his cause, pre­tend­ing he’s only jok­ing when he knows his lies will be ac­cepted as truth by many who lis­ten to him.

That’s what bul­lies do, they tell lies about peo­ple and in­sult folks and then when called on their be­hav­ior say things like, “I was only jok­ing. Can’t you take a joke?” But the dam­age has al­ready been done, oth­ers have al­ready heard the lie or in­sult and are anx­ious to be­lieve it. They never hear the part where the per­son says, “I was only jok­ing. Can’t you take a joke?”

The peo­ple who heard the ini­tial claim had a neg­a­tive im­pres­sion of some­one they al­ready don’t like re­in­forced with new in­for­ma­tion, so they stopped lis­ten­ing to any­thing which con­flicts with their neg­a­tive bias. Cruz has this down to an art. PHILIP BOW­DEN, AUSTIN

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