MILFORD, N.H. – Sen. Ted Cruz today blamed President Obama for the ambush murder of a sheriff’s deputy in Houston, asserting that the president’s vilification of police has created a dangerous climate.
“Cops across this country are feeling the assault,” Cruz told reporters after a town hall meeting in Milford, N.H. “They’re feeling the assault from the president, from the top on down, as we see — whether it’s in Ferguson or Baltimore, the response from senior officials, the president or the attorney general, is to vilify law enforcement. That’s wrong. It’s fundamentally wrong. It’s endangering all of our safety and security.”
Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth was killed Friday while filling his patrol car at a gas station in Houston. Authorities said today he was shot 15 times in the ambush. A suspect, Shannon J. Miles, is being held without bond.
After eruptions of racial tensions in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore involving police and black residents, the president called for improved policing, and also for only nonviolent protest by angry citizens.
Stumping in New Hampshire, Cruz asserted that Obama has only widened the gap between citizens and police.
“These are brave heroes who risk their lives keeping us safe. And I do think we’re seeing the manifestation of the rhetoric and vilification of law enforcement, of police, that is coming from the president of the United States and it’s coming from senior officials,” he said.
Cruz recalled a defeated nomination for a senior position at the Justice Department for a lawyer “who represented a cop killer” pro bono.
“I’m proud to stand with law enforcement,” he said. “… We need a president who doesn’t attack and vilify them, and who doesn’t seek to tear us apart along racial lines, to inflame racial divisions.”
Whether it’s in Ferguson, Baltimore, New York or Houston, racial tensions between blacks and police are growing. Obama has not once stepped up to support any policeman that has been killed in the line of duty, due to these incited riots. Did he or any of his WH staff attend any funerals of police, as they did for Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin? I don’t think so!
I agree with Ted Cruz’s statement – “We need a president who….doesn’t seek to tear us apart along racial lines. …It’s fundamentally wrong. It’s endangering all of our safety and security.”
Written by Nancy Hayes
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