March 25, 2015 11:48 am -

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Speaking to the Texas Tribune on Tuesday, Cruz said that contemporary “global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-Earthers.”

“You know it used to be it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat, and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier,” he said.

In Cruz’s opinion, when it comes to climate change, his denier position places him alongside 17th Century scientist Galileo Galilei, who was also considered to be denying the mainstream knowledge of his day. According to Cruz’s logic, he is taking the minority view that human-caused climate change is not happening, just as Galileo took the minority view that the scientific method should be trusted over the Catholic Church.

Galileo, who helped perpetuate the notion that the Earth rotates around the sun, was eventually excommunicated from the Church for his views. In the centuries since he has come to be known as the “father of modern physics” and “the father of modern science.”


D.B. Hirsch
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33 responses to Ted Cruz Thinks He’s Galileo; Calls Climate Change Believers ‘Flat-Earthers’

  1. Um Cara March 25th, 2015 at 11:59 am

    He needs to resign as senator so he can focus full time on his comedy stylings.

  2. William March 25th, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Just throwing it out there.

    • Larry Schmitt March 25th, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      So according to Crazy Ted, these guys are flat earthers? Sure, Ted. And you’re the smart one. Sure, Ted.

  3. jasperjava March 25th, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Galileo didn’t get in trouble for saying that the earth was round. By 1600, any sailor knew that. Galileo was persecuted for promoting the Copernican view that the earth revolved around the sun, not vice versa.

    Cruz doesn’t know much about the history of science, or anything else.

    Kinda funny for him to be a science denier, and using Galileo as an example. That is completely contrary to the point he’s trying to make.

    • mea_mark March 25th, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      Coming from someone who can’t grasp the concepts of Dr. Seuss, it’s no big surprise.

    • FatRat March 25th, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      I don’t think Aristarchus of Samos would be a fan of Ted’s either. lol
      Sam Cooke – Wonderful World (lyrics)

      In the 16th century Aristarchus was an inspiration for Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus’s work. In his manuscript of Six Books Concerning the Revolutions of the Heavenly Orbs (1543), Copernicus cited Aristarchus as an ancient authority who had espoused the motion of Earth. However, Copernicus later crossed out this reference, and Aristarchus’s theory was not mentioned in the published book.

    • Larry Schmitt March 25th, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      “Cruz doesn’t know much.” FIFY

  4. NW10 March 25th, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    • Larry Schmitt March 25th, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      But every guy named Cletus in Arkansas claims he was abducted by them.

  5. tiredoftea March 25th, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Remember when the Superman comics had stories about the Bizarro world where everything was the exact opposite of our world? That’s the fringe right, up is down, black is white, truth is lies, honesty is non-existent.

    • Larry Schmitt March 25th, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      I didn’t think anyone remembered Bizarro world but me. One scene had a housewife sweeping dirt into the house.

      • tiredoftea March 25th, 2015 at 4:51 pm

        They did all kinds of interesting stuff. Who knew it would become a political philosophy?

  6. Jack E Raynbeau March 25th, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Ted’s a dummy. Any flat earthers in the 17th century were in the minority.

  7. William March 25th, 2015 at 2:52 pm


    • Larry Schmitt March 25th, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Love Louis Black.

      • William March 26th, 2015 at 9:40 am

        I think he’d be great as a Daily show host.

        • Dwendt44 March 26th, 2015 at 4:52 pm

          Not sure his blood pressure could take that.

  8. Roctuna March 25th, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Even the science of Aristotle’s day recognized that the Earth had to be spherical. To claim that the accepted science of Galileo’s time held that the Earth was flat only illustrates Ted’s ignorance. Only the uneducated believed you could fall off the edge. Oh yes, must include the dwellers of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.

  9. bpollen March 25th, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Hate to shatter the fantasy, Teddy, but in your Galileo scenario, you’re the Catholic church denying facts.

    • Larry Schmitt March 25th, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      And even the church ended up apologizing to Galileo. Three hundred fifty years late.

      • bpollen March 25th, 2015 at 7:51 pm

        If the republican base tomorrow decided that anthropogenic climate change was real, Cruz would flip-flop like a flounder and claim that he always believed in it. It’s just the liberal media misconstruing his statements that would make people believe otherwise.

  10. ExPFCWintergreen March 25th, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I gotta admit, this is a clever move. Guarantee it: within a week, this will be THE dominant Right-Wing trope on climate change. That’s some good script-flipping right there.

  11. ChrisVosburg March 25th, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    They also laughed at Bozo the Clown, Ted.

    • Larry Schmitt March 25th, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      Difference is, Bozo intended to get laughs.

    • tiredoftea March 25th, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Bozo was the “Founding Clown” of Ted’s party.

  12. Maxx44 March 25th, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    “In the centuries since (Galileo) has come to be known as the ‘father of modern physics’ and ‘the father of modern science’.”

    Reccently, Cruz has become known as the father of modern stupidity.

    • Larry Schmitt March 25th, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      And he’s got lots and lots of children.

  13. labman57 March 25th, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Ironically, flat-earthers are a subset of the group of scientifically-illiterate people that includes climate change-deniers.

  14. fancypants March 26th, 2015 at 1:48 am

    ted cruz will identify himself as sir Isaac newton when the political apple hits his head

    his fellow republicans are already counting him out

  15. Mike March 26th, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Every time this man speaks how shows his ignorance….

    During the early Middle Ages, virtually all scholars maintained the spherical viewpoint first expressed by the Ancient Greeks. From at least the 14th century, belief in a flat Earth among the educated was almost nonexistent.

    It’s no surprise Cruz would pander myth to make a point…what an idiot.

    • Dwendt44 March 26th, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      The Egyptians knew that the planet was round for millennia.

      • Mike March 26th, 2015 at 8:09 pm

        I’m fairly certain Ted thinks the Egyptians used dinosaurs to build the pyramids…6,000 year old earth thing and all.

  16. Ed Romero May 5th, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    If Ted Cruz thinks he’s like Galileo then he must also have 3 illegitimate children, because Galileo did, apparently that is a GOP habit. Remember Jesse Helms that Racist Pig, he Raped the Black Maids Daughter and impregnated her, then there was Schwarzenegger knocking up his Maid, don’t any of these fools know how to keep their hands off the hired help. There is one thing that Ted Cruz would never do and that’s what Galileo did. He had a illegitimate daughter that was a Nun, she was a genius, much more then Galileo. How do I know this, because I read her life Story. Galileo would send her a copy of everything he was working on and she would proof read everything. She would send him back notes saying something “My Lord please forgive this ignorant female, but I believe that you are wrong about something and then she would advise how he was wrong and how to correct. This has been confirmed, because all the letters his Daughter sent to Galileo were preserved, when his Daughter died the Mother Supervisor saw no reason to preserve the letters from Galileo, so she had them destroyed. Go the Library and look for this book, it’s really very good but way beyond anything Ted Cruz could understand or appreciate.