Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson Endorses Ted Cruz

Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson speaks during a rally opposing the Iran nuclear deal outside the Capitol. The Ted Cruz campaign announced Robertson's endorsement of the Texas senator Tuesday. Susan Walsh/AP
Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson speaks during a rally opposing the Iran nuclear deal outside the Capitol. The Ted Cruz campaign announced Robertson’s endorsement of the Texas senator Tuesday.
Susan Walsh/AP

Phil Robertson, patriarch of the hit A&E reality show Duck Dynasty, has endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for president. The announcement was made with a YouTube video showing Robertson and Cruz in full camo gear and face paint, hunting ducks. 

“My qualifications for president of the United States are rather narrow,” Robertson says in the video. “Is he or she godly, does he or she love us, can he or she do the job, and finally would they kill a duck and put him in a pot and make him a good duck gumbo? I’ve looked at the candidates; Ted Cruz is my man. He fits the bill. He’s godly, he loves us, he’s the man for the job, and he will go duck hunting — because today we’re going.”

At the end of the video, Robertson turns to Cruz and says: “You’re one of us, my man. That’s why we’re voting for you.”

“I am thrilled to have Phil’s support for our campaign,” Cruz said in a statement.

“The Robertsons are a strong family of great Christian faith and conservative values. Phil’s story of starting off with something small and working hard to achieve the American dream is inspiring. Much like my parents, and many other Americans, who started a small business and worked hard to provide for our family. If we as conservatives come together in 2016 and fight for the values that have made this country exceptional, we will win the White House and turn this country around.”

In 2013, Robertson was suspended from Duck Dynasty after making graphic comments about homosexuality that offended many people. He told GQ magazine that his mission “is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together.” He also said: “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

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Source: NPR | SAM SANDERS

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