The GOPs Favorite Scapegoat Of The 2016 Race: Political Correctness

Ebola, terrorism and divorce: An incomplete list of evils caused by being P.C.

Dec 16, 2015 at 5:36 PM ET

The crusade against political correctness hit new heights at Tuesday’s debate when Senator Ted Cruz thundered “Political correctness is killing people.” Cruz was blaming our dreadful P.C.-obsession for recent deaths at the hands of terrorists on American soil—and he’s not alone in his hatred. Republicans running for president have held political correctness responsible for everything from divorce to ebola.

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Following Cruz’s “killing people” remarks, Vocativ went back and reviewed some of the other supposedly awful and terrifying things that political correctness has caused or inspired in America, according to the Republican candidates.

Pulling together a partial list of alleged calamities we found that political correctness:

Nearly Caused An Ebola Outbreak In America (Rand Paul)
The Kentucky senator had his suspicions for why he thought the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was reluctant to hit the panic button during last year’s Ebola scare. “I think because of political correctness we’re not really making sound, rational, scientific decisions on this,” Paul said on The Laura Ingraham show in October 2014.

Ended Water Boarding As A Form Of Interrogation (Ben Carson)
When Fox News’ Megyn Kelly asked Carson if, as commander-in-chief, he would bring back the use of water boarding, the retired neurosurgeon wouldn’t answer directly. However, Carson did hint why he believed President Obama abolished the tactic: “
We’ve gotten into this—this mindset of fighting politically correct wars,” he said during the August GOP debate in Cleveland. “There is no such thing as a politically correct war.”

Fueled American’s Drug Epidemic (Ben Carson)
In an interview on Face the Nation in November, Carson also seemed to blame “political correctness” for widespread drug abuse in the United States. “
There are all kinds of addictions and addictions occur in people who are vulnerable who are lacking something in their lives,” Carson said. “So we really have to start asking ourselves what have we taken outside of our lives in America? What are some of those values and principles that allowed us to ascend the ladder of success so rapidly…and why are we throwing away all of our values and principles for the sake of political correctness?”

Enabled The ISIS-Inspired Massacre In San Bernardino (Donald Trump)
In a recent interview, the billionaire and Republican frontrunner claimed people knew that Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook were planning the deadly attack that killed 14. However, those people didn’t want to report the couple for fear of profiling Muslims. “If they thought there was something wrong with that group and they saw what was happening, and they didn’t want to call the police because they didn’t want to be profiling, I think that’s pretty bad,” Trump said on Face The Nation this month. “So everybody wants to be politically correct, and that’s part of the problem that we have with our country.”

Sparked Racial Strife Across College Campuses (Carly Fiorina)
During a campaign stop in Harlan, Iowa last month, the former Hewlett Packard CEO claimed political correctness was responsible for the racial tensions that had embroiled college campuses across the country. “Political correctness is now choking candid conversation in this nation,” she said when asked about a racial controversy that erupted at Yale University over offensive Halloween costumes.  

Undermined Family Values (Marco Rubio)
At Iowa’s Presidential Family Forum last month, the Florida senator said that political correctness explained why 
Obama was supposedly willing to tell Americans not to smoke or overeat, but won’t encourage stable marriages and families. “There’s nothing wrong with a president saying don’t get divorced because it’s bad for children, bad for the family,” Rubio said.

Allowed Hillary Clinton To Lie About Benghazi (Carly Fiorina)
Fiorina claimed that “too much political correctness” was the reason why Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had been able to hide the truth about the 2012 attack in Libya, which killed a U.S. ambassador. “I have been very open in saying Hillary Clinton lied about Benghazi,” Fiorina said during an August interview on Face The Nation. “And I have been criticized. ‘Oh, that’s such a loaded term.’ Actually, no, it’s a commonsense, factual term. She lied about Benghazi. So, I agree there’s too much political correctness.”

Opened America’s Borders To Islamic Terrorists (Chris Christie)
Criticizing President Obama’s defense of how the U.S. vets refugees, the New Jersey governor warned that “political correctness” was to blame should terrorists slip into the country and commit an attack. “I will tell you, if something does happen, where American lives are lost, the American public should be relentlessly unforgiving to those who are responsible for doing the politically correct thing and not listening to the people who knew more than they did,” Christie said during a speech at the Council On Foreign Relations last month.

Prohibited The Candid Use Of “Anchor Babies” On The Campaign Trail (Jeb Bush)
The former Florida governor blasted political correctness over the summer when he was criticized for using “anchor babies” as a term to discuss children born in the U.S. to undocumented immigrants. “I think we need to take a step back,” Bush said, “and chill out a little bit as it relates to the political correctness that somehow you have to be scolded every time you say something.”