Ted Cruz calls for law enforcement to ‘patrol and secure’ Muslim neighborhoods

by Katie Zezima and Adam Goldman  |  published on March 23, 2016

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks to the media about events in Brussels, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, near the Capitol in Washington. Cruz said he would use the "full force and fury" of the U.S. military to defeat the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said following Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels that law enforcement should “secure” Muslim neighborhoods, a comment that drew swift criticism.

“We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized,” Cruz said in a statement issued after the attacks, which killed at least 32 people and wounded dozens.

Cruz spokeswoman Alice Stewart later said there needs to be a robust law enforcement presence in American neighborhoods where many Muslims live.

“We know what is happening with these isolated Muslim neighborhoods in Europe. If we want to prevent it from happening here, it is going to require an empowered, visible law enforcement presence that will both identify problem spots and partner with non-radical Americans who want to protect their homes,” Stewart said. She gave few other specifics.

  • dmttbt

    Gee what a novel idea, where could he have come up with such a thing. I think it was from Trump who said the same thing and that we should stop any more from coming here. That is when Cruz and Hillary said that is unconstitutional and all that other bull sh it. Hillary is still to this day saying that would be a bad thing. Where in the world does she get her information?

  • Anthony

    Wait a minute, not too long ago he (Cruz) wanted to eat Trump alive for not allowing any Muslims unless they had proper Documentation now he wants to have Muslims areas patrolled? Idiot Cruz is proving to be a straight jack ass. he keeps changing to what ever he thinks people wants to hear, Cruz , by any chance if you would ever become the President it will be the most Screwed up thing that some Americans will never be able to out live it because they voted for you PS in America we do not use the Machete under the bed, instead use your second amendment and replace it with a shot gun, hoops I forgot you voted against

  • Carol

    L I O N Ted is ACCURATE! Also add 2 face! He calls out Trump over and over and then wants monitoring of neighborhoods….LOL…..sounds like Trump’s wanting to close the borders, oh L I O N now says he wants a wall…..sounds familiar,…….L I O N wants monitoring……also sounds familiar, like Trump wants to close their places of terrorism (worship), although they can worship anywhere…….L I O N TED is now getting endorsed by other LIARS, Graham, Bush, Romney, etc…….soon we will all need hip boots because of all the crap being spewed around us. Ans has Cruz always says “LISTEN” and “AND AND”…..I am sick of the lies and how he is saying sum of the same things Trump has been saying and winning on! Totally Disgusting!!!!!!

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  • Howie Subnick

    TED, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE SMOKING, BUT TRY AND PATROL DEARBORNE MICHIGAN NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE THE MUSLIMS ARE IN TIGHTER THAN FORT KNOX.. YOU BETTER GO IN LOCKED AND LOADED ‘CAUSE YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE ONE HELL OF A FIGHT ON YOUR HANDS! YOU POLITICIANS HAVE WAITED MUCH TOO LONG AND YOU HAVE ALLOWED THE MUSLIMS TO TAKE OVER CERTAIN AREAS. TALK TO DONALD, HE’LL GIVE YOU SOME IDEAS. ISIS IS TRAINING IN THE UNITED STATES AND ON THE BORDER OF SAN DIEGO AND MEXICO. I SUGGEST YOU CALL THAT DO NOTHING OBAMA AND TELL HIM TO INVITE ALL THOSE ISIS ASS HOLES OVER FOR DINNER AND THEN CAP THEM ALL! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    • Anthony

      they all want to meet Allah, and there is 40 virgins waiting for them, what do you think, I personally don’t think they have any virgins, they lie like Ted and Hillary.

  • Joel Sobolesky

    We have to play cowboy and MUSLIM

  • Eddie

    TED CRUZ is absolutely right. TED CRUZ for President. Ted is the ONLY TRUE CONSERVATIVE running, not a phony “Donny-come-lately” con artist.

    • Guest2

      Wrong – but it’s your opinion.

  • kcwas

    from the kid who welcomes them with open arms …And kicks Mr Trump for sayng this is not smart to bring to America and now just for your vote the lies come tumbling out as they have been doing and some really want him to what … the child with no ideas of his own …copycat …

  • dmttbt

    Ps our enemies don’t only cut off heads, they also cremate people while they are still alive. By the way did anyone notice that a jury awarded 55 million to Erin Andrews for being filmed for 4 minutes through a door keyhole. I think Hulk Hogan got 100 million or more for being the subject of a magazine film while having sex. Stephens the ambassador who was raped as a male by other males and dragged through the streets bloody and then murdered got nothing, his family got nothing and Hillary is running for president. God have mercy on our people. The values seem to mean nothing.

  • Ed Watson

    Gentlemen, president Obama is doing exactly what he said he would do, i.e. transform America lets face it. Petitions are good, but they will do NOTHING at this point as long as he is in charge.

    Rule #1 in war: The best defense is good offense.

    We and the rest of the world are REacting when we MUST be acting. The next time someone in one of these enclaves be it in Brussels or in Dearborne, San Bernardino, New York or wherever commits one of their jihad moves, a mosque must go. Yes, take it out, close it with a bomb of our own if necessary. As they continue another mosque then another until Muslims themselves begin to control their own. No more hiding behind women and children, sorry ladies and kids, but that is the way it will be. Should there be another big attack pretty soon Mecca will have to go as well. There are 7 billion of you so it is up to you to fix it. If “we” do it you will complain that we are islamophobics, racially motivated or whatever, so the ball is in your court. Face up to your task.

    Ed Watson

  • dmttbt

    When our enemies catch one of us they cut their heads off but they video it for the folks back home. When Trump says we should water board one of theirs we have Hillary and Cruz and the rest thinking that is totally not acceptable. Hillary says don’t bomb the training camps that are located near the innocent people. I wonder if in the bombings in Brussels if the enemy checked all those present to see if there were any innocent people there. When she says things they listen, that is why she would be a terrible commander in chief. She tells them what we are going to do and what we are not going to do and she should have as much chance of being elected as Geraldo Rivera does at winning dancing with the stars. War correspondent who was asked to leave because he kept giving away their position. My hero.
    Before you vote, take a long hard look at the condition this country is in and who put us there. The public education is a piece of crap. The welfare system is overloaded. The food stamp system has never had as many people on it. We have communities that are not allowing certain people to come in because those are Muslim communities. How did all these people get here legally? Why would we ever allow our enemy to come in and set up shop in our own country. Is this thing on is there anybody out there?

  • Robert Brumley

    Ted Cruz isn’t very smart and I find him to be a hypocrite. He’s a proven liar. He will never become president.

  • Silver Bullet

    This guy is not Presidential material. He is hopeless. In this particular remark, he doesnt seem to realize the problems with Muslims is NOT in the Muslim neighborhoods. It is the Muslims coming into the other neighborhoods. What a dufus.

    • jug

      You are the duffus, or more descriptive, the idiot!
      Where did San Berindino start?
      In the neighborhood of course, and the neighbors didn’t report what they were seeing!

      • Silver Bullet

        Hey Jughead, a few days in that skirmish? I bet you never spent any time in New Orleans, eh?

  • sirwiley

    Just like Europe. They are already radicalized! What about the stoning of American Christians here in the USA, where the police did nothing. I am sure it creates job security to allow buildup of terrorist cells here.

  • carpkiller

    Cruz the smooz. Hey Ted, do a ride along with a patrolman up in Michigan sometime. Theres a reason they are not watching them. Trump told everyone to keep them out. Are you gonna say that next like everything else say. You are not even legal to run.

  • Rose Boltz

    Patrols the neighborhoods and if that doesn’t work but them internment camps or deport. We do not have to stand for this behavior, time we get tough. Kick butt.

    • dmttbt

      Bernie sanders is a proud socialist who says that it is OK because he is a democratic socialist. Does that tell you anything about what he feels the democratic party should be? Hillary says we should not bomb the ISIS training camps that are located close to the innocent neighborhoods in their own home lands. Now if you were ISIS would you locate anywhere else? Also how about these so called innocent Muslim people? Do they wish any ill will on the united states and if not why don’t they kill the people who do?
      These innocent people are harder to find than the guilty ones. Obama didn’t go to Scalia’s funeral, he did not go to the latest funeral of whom I can’t even think of their name, oh yes Nancy Regan. I don’t care because he was the direct opposite of both people. He instead went to Cuba and befriended Castro. He has also seen to it that the sanctions were dropped against Iran and that the nuclear inspections can be done by the Iranians. Gee that sounds fair. I saw where John Kerry is on his way to another country. Can’t we do something to make him stay home or move to a foreign country where he belongs. Every time he does something it screws us a little bit more.

    • dmttbt

      People are wondering why the large turn out of voters. I can tell you on the part of Donald Trump, it is because even if they make think he rude and all the other complaints they have, they know as compared to the others he is the only hope we have. When the republicans pull whatever stunt they can come up with to deny him the nomination, he said there will be riots. He didn’t mean he would riot or encourage riots, he meant that the American people have had all the can stand of the political party doing whatever in the h ell they choose and disregard the will of the people. The people will be the ones who will riot and even more they will not vote for whoever the republicans want as the president. The person they will be causing to get more votes will be Hillary and they seem to be alright with that. They are scared of Trump. That alone should make him win by a landslide.

    • Anthony

      Rose you are 100% but in Camps we will have to support them, just get them all place them all in a locked up train and drop them off in the middle of Colombia

  • Nancy McManigal- Cass

    Ted Cruz is a WEASEL!! He’s NOT capable of running this country. He is just another PUPPET! Doesn’t have an idea in his head!!

    • Harvey Thomas Creech

      Strongly disagree with you about Ted Cruz. He is definitely capable of running this country. Puppet of whom? And he is much smarter than Trump overall. You must be a Trump supporter.

      • eganstew3

        Soros.

        • jug

          Kasich is the puppet of Sorros!
          About $700,000 worth, the traitor!

          Cruz is as far from Sorros as anyone can get!

          • eganstew3

            Thank you, I just looked it up and Soros is upset with both Trump and Cruz.

      • joe

        Cruz reminds me of a junk car salesman , not used car, a sleaze very unthrustable, and a first class hypocrite

        • Harvey Thomas Creech

          What is “unthrustable”? And give me at least two scenarios where Cruz is a hypocrite. Would you rather have hypocrite and liar Hillary than Cruz as POTUS?

          • joe

            Donald Trump ! I never said I support HRC

          • Harvey Thomas Creech

            My 2nd ? revolves around the scenario where Cruz is the Republican candidate and Hillary is for the Dems. Would you vote for Cruz, for Hillary, or not vote? Also you didn’t give me two examples where Cruz was proven to be a hypocrite. Could it be that you don’t have two and you’re just blowing smoke up you know where?

          • joe

            are you stupid?I told you my vote is for Trump, As far as Cruz do your homework on him and you will find out

    • Anthony

      Ted Cruz is NOT capable to run a pet shop either because he is a WEASEL, but it’s okay if people don’t like it, he can turn himself into a dog and drag his ass on the lawn and become a Fertilizing PUPPET!

  • Cookie Vranish

    Is Ted being a bit of a hypocrite? He criticized Trump for keeping Muslims out for awhile and turns around with keeping them in an internment camp! Ted always waits for Trump to come up with ideas to help the country and then copies one way or the other. He didn’t get the nickname “lying Ted” by accident!

    • Harvey Thomas Creech

      What’s this about Cruz wanting to keep certain American Muslims in an internment camp? I haven’t heard that in the MSM. I disagree with your comment about “lying Ted”. Trump uses that pejorative on Cruz to hide all of the half-truths and lies he has told so far.

      • dmttbt

        Sir have you noticed the condition of our military, the condition of unemployment, not the counting our government does, the actual people who are out of work or are working a 28 hour week because of obamacare and are being counted as fully employed. Our government can’t and hasn’t even kept up with where the people on VISAS are and if they go back. They are free to wander any place they choose and do anything they want. A convicted felon can’t do the things that the government allows the so called visitors to do. I was shocked to learn that and that was after the 911 incident happened. They can come here and take flight lessons and attack us and we didn’t know where they were or what they were doing.
        The time to worry about the Muslims is not after they are here, Donald Trump is correct stop them before they come here and deport the ones we have. Why is it that Hillary and obomb want the Muslim to settle here? Did we run out of people and need more? The dems and the establishment repubs are as one on this. Someone has to be getting an incentive to push for more rather than less. Why haven’t the borders been closed? Is it because a fence is to expensive compared to the expense of having every criminal world wide come in and do as they choose. **** For all those politicians who approve of the illegals and even some of the legal : Who is keeping up with these people? The FBI and CIA were supposedly informed about the two who bombed the Boston marathon and that they had been out of this country for training and had returned but they were not stopped. They can’t catch people who they are watching, how can they catch people who they don’t even know exist? THERE ARE NO DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, THERE ARE ONLY ORGANIZED CRIME.

        • Harvey Thomas Creech

          I agree with most of your comments about our government being ineffectual in the fight against terror, but what do those views have to do with Ted Cruz, who is the only other anti-establishment person running for President. Cruz is taking some hard lines against the radical Islamic terrorists(at least he calls them what they are, unlike Obama and his sycophants)just like Trump. I am still convinced that Cruz would be a great President in many areas, not just anti or counter terrorism programs. Plus, Cruz doesn’t go after fellow candidates wives, despite Trump’s falsehood about that and Trump’s trying to degrade Heidi Cruz and junk about “spilling the beans” about her. Very unpresidential!

        • David Marriott

          Hitlery Clinton can hardly wait to finish us off! …you are correct!

      • Colon

        This guy has to be part of the Non-24s. Unless they get treatment, they turn totally blind.

        • Harvey Thomas Creech

          I believe you need re-hear those non-24 ads. The people in those ads are already totally blind, but they have trouble with circadian rhythms and don’t always know whether it’s daytime or nighttime.

          • Colon

            Precisely Harvey. All democrats are totally blind. These Non-24 are so blind that they’ve lost their eyeballs. They haven’t had enough history and want to make it again with Killary. Hopefully, you will understand why.

          • Harvey Thomas Creech

            I don’t quite understand your comment that Democrats “haven’t had enough history and want to make it again with Killary.” Please explain if you don’t mind. I am a registered Republican but don’t have much enthusiasm for the Nov. election after Carson and Rubio dropped out and Carson, Christie, and Palin all endorsed Trump. I also liked Huckabee and Fiorino, but they didn’t get much pub because the media is so obsessed with Trump.

          • Colon

            Well if you recall when the Muslim president elected in 2008, he was elected to make history of the first black to become president. Now the Non 24s want to make history again having the first woman to become president. They are truly blind beyond repair. If was a Margaret Thatcher, it would be a different story, but the only thing she is a cheating, deceiving, lying, murderer, despicable, selfless bi**ch, that deserves to be six feet under; as the four Americans she left to die in Benghazi.

          • Harvey Thomas Creech

            Mostly agree with you about Hillary except that I am not willing to call her a “murderer” who left four Americans to die in Benghazi and “deserves to be six feet under”. I don’t wish death on anybody except terrorists.

          • Colon

            There are many politicians that are worst than terrorists Killary is one of those.

          • Harvey Thomas Creech

            How can any American politician be worse than those who behead, set on fire, suicide bomb, crucify, etc. Christians and other Muslims they don’t like; they also kidnap women and children, rape the women repeatedly, and sell children into slavery. And you say some of our politicians are worse than that. think about what you are posting. You really ought to be banned or discouraged from posting that kind of drivel. Has ‘Killary”, Bernie, and establishment Repubs. got you so mad that you have taken leave of your senses. You may be a good person, father, spouse, etc. but your political judgement is way out of kilter.

          • Colon

            Harvey, do not despair. A true Republican never loses sight of the facts. It’s not that media is obsessed with the man. He is the only one that will be able to turn around this Nation’s problems. He already has a team of experts in different governmental areas to do whatever is required. Don’t forget that not voting for him, is giving away vote to the Demorats.

          • Harvey Thomas Creech

            I disagree that Trump is the only one that will be able to turn this country around. And if he has a team of experts in different governmental areas to advise him, why aren’t we hearing more about that. Trump would rather use his time before the TV cameras to insult Cruz, his wife, and others. And he is not liked by large segments of the population who will be voting in the general election. Several recent polls indicate that if he is the GOP nominee, he will lose to Hillary by several percentage points, not to mention the popular vote and the electoral vote(although one can win the popular vote and lose the electoral vote, thereby losing the election, e.g. Al Gore and Bill Tilden in the 19th century). Still don’t understand all the adulation and all the media coverage of Trump.

    • Guest2

      You beat me to it!! Cruz talks out of both sides of his mouth – he mocked Trump and turns around and go even further. To address his plan to ‘patrol and secure muslim neighborhoods’ is ridiculous. How would the police ascertain who are the ‘good’ from the ‘bad’? Cruz is grasping at straws – and getting some bad directions.

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