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Watch PBS Panel: Ted Cruz, Father Are Dark, Satanic

On Friday’s PBS “News Hour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks and Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn talked about the “dark and satanic” overtones of Senator Ted Cruz and his father.

Brooks explained to host Judy Woodruff that Cruz is “angry,” “combative,” and “apocalyptic.” Brooks went on to say that other candidates are picking up on that tone.

“Ted Cruz is making headway. There’s … you begin to see little signs of liftoff. Trump has sort of ceiling-ed out. Carson is collapsing. And Cruz is somehow beginning to get some momentum from Iowa and elsewhere,” Brooks said. “And so people are either mimicking him, which Rubio is doing a little by adopting some of the dark and satanic tones that Cruz has.”

Brooks explained: “If you watch a Cruz speech, it’s like, we have got this enemy, we have got that enemy, we’re going to stomp on this person, we’re going to crush that person, we’re going to destroy that person.”

Corn jumped in and added that if you go to a speech given by Cruz’s father, an evangelical pastor, he is also satanic.

Brooks said Senator Marco Rubio, who is not “dark” like Cruz, should not adopt the attitude of Senator Cruz.

“He’s a sunny … he’s been running the youthful optimism campaign, but he’s beginning, to prevent Cruz from getting liftoff, to mimic sort of that, get a piece of that. I mean, if Rubio starts to go like Cruz, he just doesn’t look like himself, and that bothers people.”

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