Slay, girl. Ellen Page tore apart GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz over his discrimination of gay people– all in the middle of an Iowa State Fair! Oh, and if you’re wondering whether Ted knew he was talking to an Oscar-nominated actress, don’t worry. He had no idea.
At the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 21, republican presidential wannabe Ted Cruz, 44, was on hand to meet citizens and grill some burgers. However, it was he who ended up getting totally grilled by Ellen Page! The actress, 28, approached the senator and began to interrogate him on his antiquated views on gay rights (like most of the GOP candidates, he is against, well, a lot of them). Watching Mr. Cruz squirm, all the while wearing an apron, is infinitely tastier than whatever slab of meat he’s cooking, guaranteed.
Making her way up to the barbecue, wearing sunglasses and a hat, Ellen wasted no time. “What about the question about LGBT people being fired for being gay-trans?” Ellen, who is gay herself, asked.
“Well, what we’re seeing right now, we’re seeing Bible-believing Christians being persecuted for living according to their faith,” Cruz is heard responding in video captured by ABC News. (Cue the eye roll.)
Cruz then goes on to reference the Odgaards, an Iowa couple who owned a wedding business and made headlines in June for refusing to provide services to a gay couple and subsequently having to shut down. “No one has the right to force someone else to abandon their faith and their conscience,” Cruz said.
Ellen quickly corrected him, though. “You’re discriminating against LGBT people,” she said. “Well, you think people wouldn’t use that argument in segregation?”
The entire exchange is divine, but it’s made all the more enjoyable by the fact that the senator had no idea who he was speaking with. Asked whether he knew he had been arguing with the actress Ellen Page, he responded, “I did not.” Watch the incredible exchange below!
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Did you get as much joy out of this video as we did? Do you agree with Ted’s views on gay rights?
— Casey Mink