The illicit fallacious speech of Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz: ‘The Overwhelming Majority Of Violent Criminals Are Democrats’
[Via Crooks and Liars]

Provocation for provocation’s sake, Cruz, like Trump, openly plays to the base’s paranoia and prejudices once again.

Source: Politico

Ted Cruz on Monday equated Democrats with violent crime.

In an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Monday, the Texas senator said that “the simple and undeniable fact is the overwhelming majority of violent criminals are Democrats.”

“This whole episode has really displayed the ugly underbelly of media,” Cruz said. “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.”

Cruz said Democrats fight for convicted felons to be able to vote.

“There’s a reason why the Democrats for years have been viewed as soft on crime,” Cruz said. “The Democrats know convicted felons tend to vote Democrat.


Ted Cruz uses a well-established logical fallacy that would get him laughed out of any serious debate.

We can all play this game.

Many poor are Democrats. Many poor are criminals. Thus many criminals are Democrats.

Easy access to guns advocated by the NRA is supported by the GOP. Easy access to guns advocated by the NRA is supported by mass murderers. Thus the GOP supports mass killers.


It is called the Illicit Minor.

A’s are B’s
A’s are C’s
Therefore, B’s are C’s

Here is a graphical presentation showing the fallacy of the Illicit Minor


Illicit Minor

It can even be restated to make it another logical fallacy – the undistributed middle.

Democrats are often poor. Criminals are often poor. Thus, Democrats are criminals

The GOP supports easy access to guns. Mass murderers support easy access to guns. The GOP supports mass murderers.


X’s are Y’s
Z’s are Y’s
Therefore, X’s are Z’s.

And the graphical representation:


Undistributed Middle


Cruz is a trained college debater. He knows that he would be penalized for using such logical fallacies in a real debate.

But he is misusing his education and talents for his own drive for power. In doing so, he is using illicit and fallacious arguments.

And so can I.

Ted Cruz uses logical fallacies. Liars use logical fallacies. Thus, Ted Cruz is a liar.

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