Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson may be known for generating controversy in the past, but this time he’s wading out of the murky swamp waters into the swift-flowing political torrents. Phil has endorsed Ted Cruz in the past, but now he’s trying to loop Donald Trump into a debate with Cruz by using a duck call. While this tactic may be humorous, it may be more likely that Willie Robertson could help arrange a one-on-one debate in some kind of forum. You see, the Robertson family is a house divided since Phil supports Trump, while Willie supports Cruz for similar reasons as Liberty University’s Jerry Falwell.
Ahead of the voting in Iowa, Ted Cruz has been attempting to lure Trump into a debate ever since that scare Megyn Kelly caused Trump to avoid the Fox News-hosted Republican debates. While many pundits shot bird calls at Trump for dodging the debates, it turns out Trump actually won the debate against Cruz simply by not attending.
Regardless, Cruz has been offering to go “mano y mano” with Trump for almost a week now, saying that Trump can even pick the moderator. (A hilarious choice would be the Duck Dynasty family.)
“And the fact that Donald is now afraid to appear on the debate stage, that he doesn’t want his record questioned, I think that reflects a lack of respect for the men and women of Iowa, that he’s unwilling to go to Des Moines and be questioned,” Cruz said last week, according to The Hill. “This is a job interview, you need to be willing to answer the questions of the American people, and if Donald is afraid to defend his record, that speaks volumes. And if he thinks Megyn Kelly is so scary, what exactly does he think he’d do with Vladimir Putin? I promise you Putin is a lot scarier than Megyn Kelly.”
On Saturday, Ted Cruz’s polls had the Texas senator saying he’s “thrilled” with the state of the Republican race right before the Iowa’s caucuses. According to the Associated Press, Cruz repeated his invite to Trump for another debate. Cruz made this announcement during a town hall meeting in Sioux City, but what made the invite so entertaining was that Phil Robertson “brought along a duck call normally used for hunting to try to lure Trump to the stage.”
Meanwhile, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. endorsed Donald Trump by telling audiences in Iowa about the good deeds Trump has done in the past. Although Trump is fairly well known for bragging about his accomplishments, Falwell says Trump usually doesn’t tell anyone about the time he “once paid off the mortgage of a couple who stopped to help Trump when his limo broke down on the side of the road.”
What, you may ask, has Willie and Phil Robertson so divided? They both agree that Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders as an alternative choice for president is like swamp gas to the face, but otherwise their focus is different. Phil quoted John Adams, saying that the U.S. Constitution was written for “a moral and religious people,” which means Cruz is the best candidate.
“So I just looked at Cruz. He stood out in my mind as being a moral and religious man. I thought to myself, ‘Good enough for me,'” Phil said, according to Fox News. “It’s about that simple on my part.”
Willie Robertson believes the U.S. political system is broken and someone like Trump is needed because he’s allegedly not beholden to lobbyists and donors. This reasoning is familiar to Jerry Falwell, who claims the “country needs a businessman, not a career politician, as a leader.” While Trump is not exactly known for being a Christian leader, Falwell likened the situation to picking a doctor for a sick child, saying that person “may not be a doctor that goes to your church.”
Still, the divide is not that deep. If Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination, then the Duck Dynasty patriarch says he’ll throw his weight behind Trump.
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