Earlier tonight in Iowa, Ted Cruz suggested that voters punish Hillary Clinton over Benghazi the same way he punishes his 5-year-old daughter when she lies — with a spanking!

And actor Wil Wheaton was outraged over it:

Oh, come on. It. Was. A. Joke.

The quip, of course, has been turned into a larger commentary on Cruz’s parenting:

So now Ted Cruz is the same as Adrian Peterson?

Whatever, Vox. Stick to the spanking stories you know best: