Democrats might be surprised to hear that their party is the choice of the "overwhelming majority" of violent criminals; they may be less surprised to hear that Ted Cruz is the source of that information. The Republican candidate, discussing the Planned Parenthood shooting with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Monday, insisted it was "a simple and undeniable fact" that criminals support the "soft on crime" Democrats, reports Politico. "This whole episode has really displayed the ugly underbelly of media," Cruz said of the Colorado shooting. "Every time you have some sort of violent crime or mass killing you can almost see the media salivating. Hoping, hoping desperately that the murderer happens to be a Republican so they can use it to try to paint their political enemies."
At a campaign stop on Sunday, Cruz bristled at suggestions that accused gunman Robert Lewis Dear may have been influenced by anti-Planned Parenthood rhetoric from the right, reports the Washington Post. "It's also been reported that he was registered as an independent and a woman and a transgendered leftist activist," Cruz said, apparently referring to reports that Dear had been registered to vote as a woman. He remained on the offensive at a Monday night event in Iowa, accusing Hillary Clinton of falsely claiming conservatives want to ban contraception and saying she was acting as the "condom police" to scare voters, CNN reports. "Last I checked we don't have a rubber shortage in America," he said. "When I was in college, we had a machine in the bathroom, you put 50 cents in, and voila!" (Cruz now has a "national prayer team.")