Journalists rebuked Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz after the Texas senator told a crowd in Indiana Sunday that a young protestor who had just interrupted his event would have been spanked in his household.
“You know, in my household, when a child behaves that way, they get a spanking," Cruz told the crowd.
However, Cruz's "spanking" comment did not go over well, particularly among those who believe that spanking — or any corporal punishment — is not healthy for young children. Many journalists even took to Twitter to scorn Cruz.
Matthew Yglesias of Vox.com said spanking is "bad parenting":
Erin Gloria Ryan, a deputy editor at Vocativ.com, labeled Cruz a "spanking enthusiast":
Jeet Heer, a senior editor for the New Republic, opined that Cruz has a "real thing" for spanking children:
Cruz has a real thing for spanking kids. https://t.co/SHImXp41Ez— Jeet Heer (@Jeet Heer) 1462153225.0
New York Magazine even cautioned Cruz to review research on the effects of spanking children "before advocating for it":
Ted Cruz may want to review the research on spanking children before advocating for it: https://t.co/mWtwsBjHDw https://t.co/T9rjBmDU0k— New York Magazine (@New York Magazine) 1462209582.0
Others plain rebuked Cruz and his comments:
@tedcruz promoting #spanking rather than modeling manners 2minor? WOW! As a #Psychologist wld hv 2 report 2 D.C.F.S https://t.co/hmqsBxd9gB— Dr.Estella Sneider Bessudo (@Dr.Estella Sneider Bessudo) 1462209659.0
@tedcruz actually told crowd that a ten year old protestor should be spanked for being disrespectful. He sure likes spanking children. Sick.— 𝐓𝐞𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐬 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞 🌊🥁 (@𝐓𝐞𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐬 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞 🌊🥁) 1462210242.0
hey @tedcruz if YOU have to spank little girls to get them to listen to you you must not be much of a f'n attorney https://t.co/K8ywtqShd2— PlayTheTrumpCard ⚡️ Text TRUMP to 88022 (@PlayTheTrumpCard ⚡️ Text TRUMP to 88022) 1462201735.0
Wish I never had to read the words "Ted Cruz" and "spanking" in the same sentence— Ian Zelaya (@Ian Zelaya) 1462213572.0
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