Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Actress Launches Failed ‘Gotcha’ Moment on Ted Cruz

 

A minor celebrity named Ellen Page had a brilliant idea. She would go to some flyover state called “Iowa,” find dumb, evil, bigot Senator Ted Cruz, and confront him over his backward views on gay rights. Better yet, she would bring her own camera crew to document every second of her courageous destruction of the christofascist Texan and the snake-handling hill people he represents. America would finally see a white Hollywood millionaire standing up to small-town evangelical bakers and octogenarian florists.

Unfortunately for Page, Sen. Cruz had no clue who she was and never realized he was supposed to be intimidated by the 28-year-old.

(ABC News’ embedding software doesn’t play well with our site. If the video clip above doesn’t display, you can view the original here.)

Cruz calmly explained his well-considered position for about four minutes, and stressed the importance of religious liberty and the protection of LGBT people from harm, especially by the hands of Iran and ISIS. And he did all this while holding a hot pork chop.

Sheltered progressives are often shocked when conservatives don’t conform to the stereotype. Anyone who had conducted the most elementary research would have known Cruz is no dummy and that he would easily best even some of the brightest minds on the left. This actress created the gotcha moment for an upcoming web series produced by Vice Media. It will be interesting to find out how much ends on the cutting room floor.

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  1. Lash LaRoche Inactive

    Don’t mess with Texas. Or Texans. ;-)

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    • August 21, 2015, at 5:42 PM PDT
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  2. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
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    Correction: Canadian Actress Launches Failed ‘Gotcha’ Moment on Ted Cruz.

    I dunno why so few media reports are pointing out this (IMHO very salient) fact.

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    • August 21, 2015, at 5:44 PM PDT
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  3. Charlotte Member
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    Is Ellen Page that chick from Juno?

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    • August 21, 2015, at 5:48 PM PDT
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  4. Done Contributor

    He did fine. Unfortunately, if you ask the average person under 30 what happened here, they will say Page destroyed a bigoted Ted Cruz.

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    • August 21, 2015, at 5:48 PM PDT
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  5. Mister Magic Inactive

    Often turned off by his bombast, I was pleased to see Cruz use calm persuasive logic. He’s the clear winner

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    • August 21, 2015, at 5:52 PM PDT
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  6. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
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    Charlotte:Is Ellen Page that chick from Juno?

    Yes.

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    • August 21, 2015, at 6:02 PM PDT
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  7. Skarv Coolidge
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    I have been a bit hesitant on Cruz as I thought he was over the top but this was great. I liked this a lot.

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    • August 21, 2015, at 6:03 PM PDT
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  8. Mate De Inactive

    I watched this and she was ridiculous. She had no arguments. She is an actress, she doesn’t just go to an audition without preparing, maybe she should have done a quick google search to at least learn about his arguments to see how best to counter them. All she had were emotional outbursts that had nothing to do with what he was talking about. When he was talking about Iran executing gays and Obama wanting to give that regime $100 billion to help prop them back up, she counters with Jamaica, WHAT? It’s like she never heard of Iran. These celebs are ridiculous, I guess it is the bubble they live in. they can’t conceive that MAYBE, the people they disagree with have reasons for what they believe.
    But yes all over TMZ, they will title the video ‘lesbian actress destroys anti gay ted Cruz’

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    • August 21, 2015, at 6:12 PM PDT
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  9. billy Inactive

    Cruz is not my first choice for President, but I do hope he serves a couple more terms as senator before President Rubio appoints him to the Supreme Court,

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    • August 21, 2015, at 6:18 PM PDT
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  10. rico Inactive

    …And he did all this while holding a hot pork chop.

    Cruz was very civil in this exchange. More importantly, he didn’t relinquish the pork chop (cf. Bernie Sanders).

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    • August 21, 2015, at 6:22 PM PDT
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  11. Mate De Inactive

    I did think he was going to drop that pork chop when she mentioned Jamaica. Lol

    • #11
    • August 21, 2015, at 6:24 PM PDT
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  12. Doctor Bass Monkey Inactive

    Yes, the Left really thinks they are smarter and better people than the rest of us, and no, they really aren’t.

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    • August 21, 2015, at 6:25 PM PDT
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  13. Herbert defender of the Realm,… Inactive

    Misthiocracy:Correction: Canadian Actress Launches Failed ‘Gotcha’ Moment on Ted Cruz.

    I dunno why so few media reports are pointing out this (IMHO very salient) fact.

    No mention that she’s a lesbian, seems like that would be a pertinent fact to help judge the quality of her questions.

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    • August 21, 2015, at 6:37 PM PDT
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  14. Could Be Anyone Member

    Personally Cruz is not my first choice but he has a calm, collected, and decisive manner of speaking when he debates in these meet and greet moments. Another example of him smashing leftist talking points was when he was interrupted by those Code Pink fools over the Iran Deal and he mopped the floor with them. I just wish he could do that during the debates, in the first one he seemed noticeably different. Overall though he is a solid candidate for the White House.

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    • August 21, 2015, at 6:38 PM PDT
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  15. Matty Van Member

    Brilliant, both Ted and Jon. That first paragraph is worth a reread. Or two.

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    • August 21, 2015, at 6:39 PM PDT
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  16. Mate De Inactive

    This is for Vice? Oh poor Gavin McInnes, he must rue the day he hired Shane Smith.

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    • August 21, 2015, at 6:40 PM PDT
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  17. Judge Mental Member

    But was he holding the hot pork chop in a threatening manner?

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    • August 21, 2015, at 6:53 PM PDT
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  18. Could Be Anyone Member

    @ Judge Mental – It was a micro-aggression!

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    • August 21, 2015, at 7:09 PM PDT
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  19. Jimmy Carter Member
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    Could be Anyone:@ Judge Mental – It was a micro-aggression!

    It’s the other micro-aggression.

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    • August 21, 2015, at 7:21 PM PDT
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  20. Commodore BTC Inactive

    What was VICE thinking sending an untrained actress to debate someone like Ted Cruz; a politician, world champion debater, and world class appellate attorney.

    Regardless of the merits of the issue, she had no chance.

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    • August 21, 2015, at 7:41 PM PDT
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  21. BThompson Inactive

    She had a starring role in Inception as well.

    She is evidently Canadian, though. Shouldn’t she be annoying Stephen Harper instead?

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    • August 21, 2015, at 8:31 PM PDT
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  22. Eeyore Member
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    Frank Soto:He did fine. Unfortunately,if you ask the average person under 30 what happened here,they will say Page destroyed a bigoted Ted Cruz.

    Salon has put Cruz in his place over this. They tweeted “An oblivious Ted Cruz straightsplains to Ellen Page about Christians being persecuted by the LGBTQ community”

    Maybe Page should have been clued in that liberal icon lawyer and professor Alan Dershowitz said that Ted Cruz was the smartest student he ever had.

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    • August 21, 2015, at 10:49 PM PDT
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  23. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Mate De:I watched this and she was ridiculous. She had no arguments. She is an actress, she doesn’t just go to an audition without preparing, maybe she should have done a quick google search to at least learn about his arguments to see how best to counter them. All she had were emotional outbursts that had nothing to do with what he was talking about. When he was talking about Iran executing gays and Obama wanting to give that regime $100 billion to help prop them back up, she counters with Jamaica, WHAT? It’s like she never heard of Iran. These celebs are ridiculous, I guess it is the bubble they live in. they can’t conceive that MAYBE, the people they disagree with have reasons for what they believe. But yes all over TMZ, they will title the video ‘lesbian actress destroys anti gay ted Cruz’

    She does not need an argument or facts or anything really. The MSM will edit so she comes off as the winner and Cruz the bigot idiot.

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    • August 21, 2015, at 11:38 PM PDT
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  24. J. D. Fitzpatrick Member
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    I personally don’t understand the people who think Cruz sounds phony. I can see how the hand waving could get old, but I’ve always found his speeches and interviews lucid and apt.

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    • August 22, 2015, at 12:05 AM PDT
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  25. Marion Evans Inactive

    “Anyone who had conducted the most elementary research would have known Cruz is no dummy and that he would easily best even some of the brightest minds on the left.”

    Ted Cruz: Princeton BA cum laude; Harvard Law JD magna cum laude.

    Ellen Page: ??

    She may be smart and a good actress but you need a bigger intellect to take him on.

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    • August 22, 2015, at 3:07 AM PDT
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  26. Kozak Member
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    Frank Soto:He did fine. Unfortunately,if you ask the average person under 30 what happened here,they will say Page destroyed a bigoted Ted Cruz.

    Once they get done with the editing anyone who watches will think that.

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    • August 22, 2015, at 3:39 AM PDT
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  27. FightinInPhilly Thatcher

    My only quibble with Cruz in this exchange is that he missed the opportunity to rebut Pages’s obvious fear mongering when she talked about “beating up gays and putting them in jail”. The simple and obvious response, is “whatever may have happened in the past, there is not a candidate in the race that is advocating that behavior. But what is happening right now is bakers are being put out of business by the federal government because they won’t bake a cake.”

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    • August 22, 2015, at 5:48 AM PDT
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  28. The Reticulator Member

    Kozak: Kozak Frank Soto:He did fine. Unfortunately,if you ask the average person under 30 what happened here,they will say Page destroyed a bigoted Ted Cruz. Once they get done with the editing anyone who watches will think that.

    No, the MSM doesn’t do that. The Planned Parenthood tapes were edited, but that’s different.

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    • August 22, 2015, at 7:08 AM PDT
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  29. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
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    Marion Evans:“Anyone who had conducted the most elementary research would have known Cruz is no dummy and that he would easily best even some of the brightest minds on the left.”

    Ted Cruz: Princeton BA cum laude; Harvard Law JD magna cum laude.

    Ellen Page: ??

    High school graduate, but it was a fancy new age private school (featuring daily yoga for all students) so that makes her a special snowflake.

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    • August 22, 2015, at 7:19 AM PDT
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  30. Mike H Coolidge

    Her politics are sadly inept, but nothing could keep me from watching most anything she’s in. :)

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    • August 22, 2015, at 7:28 AM PDT
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