A national conversation has started after a popular 'Duck Dynasty' star was suspended by A&E for controversial comments about sexuality, religion and race.
Supporters of Phil Robertson have come out swinging.
They claim the self-proclaimed redneck is being unfairly targeted for speaking publicly about a divisive issue that a large percentage of the population still agrees with.
GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas weighed in on TV reality star's forced leave from the series.
Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, also defended Robertson in a post to his Facebook page titled: "Free Speech Matters"
"The reason that so many Americans love Duck Dynasty is because it represents the America usually ignored or mocked by liberal elites: a family that loves and cares for each other, believes in God, and speaks openly about their faith," Cruz said.
Does their argument add up?
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