Last year, a Christian publisher pulled “The Jefferson Lies,” a book authored by right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton, off the shelves after it came under heavy criticism from actual historians who pointed out the book’s significant factual inaccuracies.
Fortunately for Barton, the conspiracy theory site WorldNetDaily decided to republish his book on Thomas Jefferson shortly after Barton found a new job running a super PAC supporting Ted Cruz’s presidential candidacy.
Naturally, Barton gave an interview yesterday to WorldNetDaily about who Jefferson would support for president in 2016, and — surprise, surprise — Barton said that Jefferson would likely back Cruz.
Historian and Thomas Jefferson scholar David Barton says the choice is clear when it comes to the 2016 presidential candidate Thomas Jefferson would endorse.
“Jefferson would eliminate 80 percent of the candidates,” said Barton. But after that, he said, “one of the last guys standing would be [Ted] Cruz.”
Barton, who serves as head as of the pro-Cruz Keep the Promise political action committee, told WND Cruz is the candidate who comes closest to Jefferson and what he believes were the third president’s principles on “debt, religious liberty, and the war on Islam.”
“Two hundred years ago, the Founding Fathers dealt with abortion,” said Barton. “They dealt with marriage laws, they dealt with homosexuality in the military, they dealt with whether the federal government should bail out private businesses ‘too big to fail.’ Everything we’re going through now, they already dealt with and so we can learn from history if we’re willing to do so.”