Columnist Lamar Hankins recently made a number of false claims against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (“Questions that Rafael Edward ‘Ted’ Cruz won’t answer.“) The San Marcos Mercury has a responsibility not to distribute false information and should correct the record.
Specifically, Mr. Hankins asserts that Sen. Cruz asked then-Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel if Hagel had received speaking fees to address a fictional group called “Friends of Hamas.” This claim is flatly, verifiably false. Although others were caught by that ruse, Sen. Cruz has never once mentioned that non-existent organization, in any context.
In addition, Mr. Hankins claims that Sen. Cruz “believes that terrorism against Castro’s Cuba is always justified.” Again, flatly false and with no basis in anything Sen. Cruz has ever said.
Mr. Hankins says Sen. Cruz’s statements need better fact-checking. He should take his own advice. So should the San Marcos Mercury.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz