Republican presidential hopefuls Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) urged a peaceful resolution to the armed occupation of a federal building in Oregon, where a number of anti-government militants have seized a rural wildlife refuge headquarters. “Every one of us has a constitutional right to speak our minds, but we don’t have a constitutional right to use force of violence or threaten force of violence on others,” Cruz told reporters before a campaign event in Iowa. “There is no right to engage in violence against other Americans, and it is our hope and prayer that that situation resolves itself peaceably sooner rather than later,” he added.
Asked whether he believes the militants should stand down and surrender to federal authorities, Cruz at first appeared confused, and then replied: “Who’s talking about militants standing down? I said no such thing. I was referring to the fact that the federal government needs to tread very carefully in this situation, especially since it’s already on thin ice as it is.”
The Texas senator added: “We seem to be having a misunderstanding here. I don’t blame those poor people for taking up arms and reacting the way they did. I certainly believe there were other ways of showing their discontent, but I completely understand and support them. Despite being labeled by the media as domestic terrorists and militants, they are just ordinary people no different than you or me, and they were just sick of standing by and letting Obama and his administration wreak havoc on this country any way they please.”
“So, what you’re saying is you’re actually okay with what’s going on right now, with those people threatening innocent civilians with guns?” a reporter asked. “Apparently, you have a hearing problem, sir. What I said was, I support their intentions to set things straight and end the silent apartheid Obama so subtly enforced on this country in 2008. If you look past the name-calling and labeling that the media is more than happy to inflict on these people, you’ll see that they’re just a handful of fed-up, patriotic, conservative, white Americans who still hold traditional values. They’re not okay with same-sex marriage, they’re not okay with gays and lesbians adopting children, and they’re certainly not okay with the White House being bathed in rainbow colors. They love their country too much to stand for that kind of thing,” Cruz said.
“But, apparently, you can’t understand what I’m talking about because you’re not white,” the Republican golden-boy said to the Arab-American reporter. “It is because of people like you that these poor souls have run out of other options to fight for white Americans. All they have left is guns, and I am calling on the federal authorities to stand down and protect these people whom everyone is calling militants. The federal government is supposed to be here for them, not the other way around. This is exactly why I wanted a nuclear weapon, to be able to prevent things like this from happening. And so help me God, I WILL get it as soon as I’m president. Things are going to change very soon in this country, very soon.”