During a campaign speech in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Feb. 19, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas asked his audience to imagine "Duck Dynasty" reality TV star Phil Robertson as ambassador to the United Nations (video below).
"You know what, there's a reason he terrifies the mainstream media," the GOP candidate said, notes CNN:
He says things you're not supposed to say. He actually remembers who we are as Americans. And he speaks it with a joy, not with an anger, not with a hatred, with a joy in who we are. Just for a thought experiment, imagine for a second, Phil Robertson, ambassador to the United Nations. How much would you pay to see the Russian ambassador's face when Phil says, "What is wrong with you people?"
Earlier this month, Robertson told voters in Iowa to "rid the earth" of politicians who support same-sex marriage, noted Right Wing Watch.
At a 2015 prayer breakfast, Robertson imagined what it would be like if an Atheist family were raped and killed.
During an interview with GQ Magazine in 2014, Robertson famously slammed gay people and claimed that black people were happy living under Jim Crow laws.
In 2013, a video surfaced of a 2009 talk by Robertson in which he told men to marry girls as young as 15 and 16-years-old, according to the New York Daily News.