Senator Ted Cruz stepped out of a black Escalade in front of the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan yesterday, posing for a photographer and fake-waving to exactly zero people who were gathered outside for his appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
The Republican presidential candidate got an equally dismal reception during his interview with Colbert, which aired last night.
When the topic of same-sex marriage came up, Cruz turned discussion to whether the Supreme Court’s June ruling on the matter was constitutional or not. He was immediately met with a resounding “boo” from the audience.
Cruz’s argument, in case you’ve been ignoring him for the last several months, is that same-sex marriage is an issue that should be decided by states, not a panel of “unelected lawyers” appointed by the presidents.
“We have had a country for over 200 years,” Cruz announces, after Colbert points out that the Constitution doesn’t mention marriage at all. “It’s a question for the states. The Tenth Amendment says if it [the Constitution] doesn’t mention it, it’s a question for the states. That’s in the Bill of Rights.”
Cruz took his audible criticism in stride, holding his signature wide smile throughout the interview. “However you feel, he’s my guest, so please don’t boo him,” Colbert politely asked the audience.
Check out Cruz’s cringeworthy comments about same-sex marriage below, beginning around the 3:13 mark: