After the Texas senator joined Robertson on a duck hunt Monday, the “Duck Commander” announced via a video ad that he is endorsing Cruz for president.
“My qualifications for president of the United States are rather narrow: Is he or she godly, does he or she love us, can he or she do the job, and finally would they kill a duck and put him in a pot and make him a good duck gumbo?” Robertson says in the campaign ad released on Wednesday. “Cruz fits the bill.”
“Ted Cruz is my man,” he adds. “I’m voting for him.”
The video gives a glimpse of the deal-sealing hunting trip, showing Robertson and Cruz crouched down together in a camouflaged duck blind, shotguns in hand and faces painted black.
“Cruz, the reason we’re going to vote for you, all of us, is because you’re one of us, my man,” Robertson tells Cruz. “It’s now or never.” (The two men may have a few things in common but it’s hard to say why Robertson sees Cruz as “one of” the Duck Dynasty clan. Robertson grew up with no electricity, toilet or bathtub, while Cruz, the son of two mathematicians/computer programmers, attended private school before going on to earn degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Robertson does have a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s in education from Louisiana Tech University but that’s a far cry from Cruz’ double Ivy League degrees.)
Cruz said in a statement that he was “thrilled to have Phil’s support for our campaign.” “The Robertsons are a strong family of great Christian faith and conservative values.”
Robertson landed in hot water in 2013 when he made anti-gay comments during an interview with GQ magazine. The backlash led A&E to temporarily suspend the Robertson family patriarch from Duck Dynasty.
“It seems like, to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” Robertson said in the interview. “That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes fine,” he added. “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men. Don t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers – they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
A&E later reinstated Robertson after conservative politicians, including former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and former GOP hopeful Bobby Jindal, leaped to his defense. Looks like Robertson chose not to return the favor to Jindal.