Cruz Lies about Trump’s Sister, Maryanne Barry

Cruz Trump Barry

Cruz, a Self-Described Christian Should Know The Commandment: 

Exodus 20:16

“Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor”


On Monday, February 15th, Ted Cruz said the following:

“The one person Donald has pointed to as a potential Supreme Court nominee is his sister.  Now it’s good to stand with your sister, but Donald’s sister was a Bill Clinton-appointed federal appellate judge who is a radical pro-abortion extremist.”


There are is one blatant lie and one partial truth in this statement. 

The Lie:  Maryanne Trump Barry is not a Radical Pro-Abortion Extremist.  Cruz was falsely reporting the facts of the case, Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey v. Farmer, that was decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 2000.  Maryanne did write the majority opinion, 3-3 decision, with concurrence by THE CURRENT CONSERVATIVE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SAMUEL ALITO! 

At issue with the court was not Partial Birth Abortion, but the law that was enacted in New Jersey.  Justices Barry, Alito, and Garth agreed that the manner in which the law had been written and adopted.  The law did not contain and exception for the mother’s health and was vaguely written.  On June 28th, just a month before the case before Barry/Alito/Garth, the United States Supreme Court struck down a similar law for the same reasons. 

Ted Cruz, being a constitutional attorney, absolutely knows this case and the fact that he was totally and unashamedly misrepresenting the facts of the case, lying, and was using it to smear the reputation of Maryanne Trump Barry, and by extension, Justice Alito and Justice Garth!

The Partial Truth:  Maryanne Trump Barry was originally appointed by President Ronald Reagan on September 14, 1983, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.  President Clinton had attempted to appoint a liberal judge to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, but the Senate did not even grant a hearing to his choices.  Nearing the end of his term, Clinton turned to REPUBLICAN Maryanne Trump Barry and nominated her on June 17, 1999.  She was confirmed by the Senate and remains on this court. 

Cruz knows that Maryanne Trump Barry was originally appointed by Ronald Reagan but chose to obfuscate and insinuate that she was a liberal judge only appointed by Bill Clinton.  The facts surrounding her career are clear and Cruz knows it.

I was leaning towards Ted Cruz as I thought him to be a Christian, a man of his word, and a conservative.  After several of these blatant lies and half-truths, supporting Ted Cruz is no longer an option.  I always am leery when someone has to profess that they are a Christian.  Their actions will bear out their beliefs.  Apparently politics trump Christian beliefs.


RD Pierini

Twitter:  @RDPierini


Hat Tips:

Texas Tribune Article:

NRO Piece:

Barry’s Opinion Article:

Babies Born Alive Act:

Federal PB:


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