Bonehead Quote Of The Week: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s Father on Sending President Obama ‘Back to Kenya’

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While speaking at a North Texas Tea Party event to pump up his son’s then candidacy for Senate, Rafael Cruz, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s father, delivered some harsh and extremist choice words for President Barack Obama. In video made public by Mother Jones this week, the elder Cruz called Obama an "outright Marxist" who "seeks to destroy all concept of God." But the real bonehead comes out when Cruz says:

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“So I’ll tell you, we have our work cut out for us. We need to send Barack Obama back to Chicago. I’d like to send him back to Kenya,” said Cruz, a Dallas-area evangelical pastor.

His remark is straight out of the right-wing ‘birther movement’ strategy to mischaracterize Obama as a Kenyan-born Socialist Muslim, despite the president's documented U.S. citizenship. Interestingly, it’s actually the Cruz family who are technically immigrants – Rafael Cruz is Cuban-born while his son was born in Alberta, Canada.

Seeking to distance the comments from the senator, a spokesperson told Mother Jones, “Pastor Cruz does not speak for the senator.” However, the article points out Rafael Cruz routinely, "speaks to tea party and Republican groups in Texas as a surrogate for his son."

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