Obama hit, and Cruz hit back hard.
Kevin Whitson November 18, 2015 at 12:47pm
Ted Cruz doesn’t mince words. And he doesn’t like being insulted when he’s not around to fight back. Without a high probability that the lame-duck president will accept his challenge, the Texas senator called out Barack Obama in no uncertain terms.
In an interview on NBC Wednesday, Cruz threw down the gauntlet.
President Obama has now chosen, two days in a row, to attack me directly. He just called me ‘offensive.’ The day before he called me ‘un-American.’ You know I think that’s really quite rich that he chose to do make both of those insults on foreign soil while he was abroad attacking me and attacking everyone else in this country who believes we should not be bringing in tens of thousands of Syrian Muslim refugees that the Obama Administration cannot vet to determine whether or not they are ISIS terrorists. I gotta tell ya. It is utterly unbefitting of the president to be engaging in those kind of personal insults and attacks. And you know he also he talked about how he was belittling the Republican field as scared. Well let me suggest something, Mr. President. If you want to insult me. You can do it overseas. You can do it in Turkey. You can do it in foreign countries. But I want to encourage you, Mr. President. Come back and insult me to my face. Let’s have a debate on Syrian refugees right now. We can do it anywhere you want. I’d prefer it in the United States not overseas where you’re making the insults. It’s easy to chop, to toss a cheap insult when no one can respond but let’s have a debate. We’ll do it on any station or any one of the tv stations would be glad to host it and let’s have a debate on your refugee policy.
— Mr. Diggs (@michaelagentile) November 18, 2015
Cruz was responding to comments Obama implicitly made about Cruz while speaking at the G20 summit in Turkey on Monday. Obama didn’t name names, but criticized leaders in America who have proposed putting a priority on accepting Christian refugees over Muslims. “When I hear folks say that maybe we should just admit the Christians but not the Muslims, when I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which person who is fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted … That’s shameful. That’s not American,” Obama said. At a campaign stop in South Carolina on Sunday, Cruz said it was “nothing short of lunacy” for the United States to accept Syrian Muslims into the country, and said there is “no meaningful risk of Christians committing acts of terror,” according to the Washington Post.
— Liberty Cannon (@LibertyCannonMG) November 18, 2015