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Pro-Ted Cruz Robo Call Warns South Carolina Voters About Donald Trump Using Necn Interview

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    Pro-Cruz Call Warns S.C. of Trump Using Necn Interview

    An exclusive interview between necn's Sue O'Connell and Donald Trump is being used in a pro-Ted Cruz South Carolina robo call that suggests Trump's policies on LGBT rights would be "tearing down our America." (Published Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016)

    An exclusive interview between necn's Sue O'Connell and Donald Trump is being used in a pro-Ted Cruz South Carolina robo call that suggests Trump's policies on LGBT rights would be "tearing down our America."

    O'Connell told Trump she was a lesbian and questioned what he would do for the LGBT community.

    "When President Trump is in office, can we look for more forward motion on equality for gays and lesbians?" she asked.

    "Well, you can," Trump said. "We're going to bring people together. And that's your thing, and other people have their thing. We have to bring all people together, and if we don't, we're not going to have a country anymore."

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    Supporters of Senator Ted Cruz are using the exchange in robo call sent to voters in South Carolina.

    "Stop, what does she mean by forward motion? What's he agreeing to?" the call asks. "It's not about tolerance anymore. It's about mandatory celebration. It's about forcing people to bake cakes and photograph gay weddings. Forcing clergy to officiate. It's about transgender bathrooms in your child's school. It's about tearing down our Judeo-Christian values. It's about tearing down our America."

    Trump has publicly said he'd work to reverse the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage.

    "It's weird, A. that gay civil rights are still such an issue that a presidential campaign feels the need to make a robo call about it," she said. "It seems the threat, according to the robo call, is that gay people are going to make you bake cakes. So I'm not really sure how it's going to help Cruz."

    O'Connell says its likely the exchange will end up airing in local ads before Super Tuesday.