Debbie Wasserman Schultz blasts Ted Cruz’ call for police patrols of Muslim neighborhoods

AP photo Ted Cruz 02.20

In the wake of the Brussels terror attacks Tuesday morning,  Ted Cruz suggested that the United States “empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.”

In a statement sent to reporters in Washington hours after terrorists struck civilian targets in Brussels, the GOP presidential candidate said that for years, the west has tried to deny the existence of Islamic terrorism, out of combination of fear and political correctness.

“We can no longer afford either,” he said. “Our European allies are now seeing what comes of a toxic mix of migrants who have been infiltrated by terrorists and isolated, radical Muslim neighborhoods. We will do what we can to help them fight this scourge, and redouble our efforts to make sure it does not happen here. We need to immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant al Qaida or ISIS presence. We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.”

It was that last sentence that fired up Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who called Cruz “a disgrace.”

“His comments today were worse than opportunistic and inappropriate politicking in the wake of the terrible tragedy in Brussels – they were a shameful display of hate that only serves to foment anger and make the world less secure,” she said in a statement issued out by the DNC Tuesday afternoon.

“Barely before the smoke had cleared, he declared that – here in the United States – we should institute police patrols in Muslim neighborhoods,” Wasserman Schultz added. “This is not leadership; it is fear-mongering for political gain. And this is the sad state of Republican leadership today, where the hateful and divisive rhetoric of the GOP’s presidential candidates seems to reach new lows each day. We need to elect a commander-in-chief with the temperament and judgment to respond wisely to the threat of terrorism and global unrest, not a demagogue who defaults to militaristic escalation and racial or religious profiling.”

Meanwhile, John Kasich told reporters in Minneapolis, “We are not at war with Islam; we’re at war with radical Islam.”

The New York Times reports that Kasich said that, “In our country, we don’t want to create divisions where we say, ‘O.K., well your religion, you’re a Muslim, so therefore we’re going to keep an eye on you.’”

Cruz also exploited the tragedy in Brussels to use as an opportunity to go after Donald Trump.

On Monday, Trump was critical of U.S. spending on NATO in an interview with the Washington Post’s editorial board, calling for a diminished role in the military alliance while calling on other NATO countries to begin contribution more financially.

“Donald Trump is wrong that America should withdraw from the world and abandon our allies,” Cruz told reporters. “Donald Trump is wrong that American should retreat from Europe, retreat from NATO, hand Putin a major victory and while he’s at it hand ISIS a major victory.”

Brussels is where the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is headquartered.



Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at [email protected]

One comment

  • Ben

    March 27, 2016 at 1:07 am

    DNC/Schultz is the bedrock of corruption, scratching backs and throwing the grass roots down the cascade.

    She should have resined when we lost our majority in the legislative branch in 2014, but she had an important role to play for the establishment to make sure HRC gets elected.

    Why do you think all the southern primaries came first, because they knew Clintons have huge support there and that would kill off any rival. Bill’s presidency was literally saved by the deep south. Don’t even get me started on these Dem debates.

    Apart from that Schultz protecting payday loan sharks who charge above 100% interests (in some cases 500-700%interest) for short term loans and taking them out of regulation because of a mere 68,000 dollar donation to her, she sold her poorest constituents to the devil.

    I have lived in UK where I have seen first hand poor peoples lives ruined because they took a small loan and within a short time it took away their lives.

    This person is corrupt and incompetent and we need to get rid of her yesterday.

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