A pro-Ted Cruz super PAC has sent out two new robocalls to South Carolina voters in recent days labelling fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump as a culture war appeaser.
The calls were sponsored by the group Courageous Conservative Political Action Committee.
In one of the calls, a reporter from NECN is heard discussing LGBT rights with Trump during a press conference.
It is at that point when the call's narrator chimes in, asking voters:
“Stop. What does she mean by ‘forward motion’? What’s he agreeing to?
It’s not about tolerance anymore. It’s about mandatory celebration. It’s about forcing people to bake cakes and photograph gay weddings. Forcing clergy to officiate.
It’s about transgender bathrooms in your child’s school. It’s about tearing down our Judeo-Christian values. It’s about tearing down our America.”
NBC News reported that the call went out to approximately 180,000 likely Republican voters statewide.
Rick Shaftan, the GOP consultant running the super PAC, told the network that the group spent about $25,000 on radio and calls in South Carolina and is planning on spending another $10,000 on Nevada in the next few days.
The call was discovered just days after another call by the group that criticizes the billionaire businessman for getting involved in the debate over the Confederate battle flag last at the State House in Columbia last summer.
Its narrator continues, saying that:
“People like Donald Trump are always butting their noses into other people’s business [and that] Trump talks about our flag like it’s a social disease.”
For his part, Trump has condemned the calls, tweeting the following:
Alice Stewart, a spokeswoman for Cruz's campaign, told the Post and Courier newspaper on Friday that the campaign did not condone the Confederate flag call.
The campaign has yet to respond to Buzzfeed News' request for comment about the LGBT robocall as well, other than to say that the campaign wasn't associated with it.
Cruz is currently tied with Rubio for second place in the South Carolina primary, trailing Trump by double digits according to recent polling.