During a Senate hearing on Tuesday afternoon that examined the burgeoning domestic terrorism problem in the United States, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) criticised Democrats for their apparent support of political violence.
“There should be at least three premises on which we can all agree,” Cruz began. “Violent crime is always illegitimate and should be punished severely,” he continued. “Hate is wrong,” he added. Cruz went on to say that “the federal government’s machinery should not be used as a weapon to target and persecute political opponents. We see this over and over again in attempts to politicize acts of violence.”
“Vicious anti-Semitic, anti-Asian, anti-White violence against cops are all examples of this behavior,” Cruz said.
“The answer is simple: violence is always wrong,” Cruz stated. “Is white supremacist extremist organization violence a problem? Absolutely. So is violence from other types of hate groups. The Brooklyn subway killer was a known black supremacist who called for racial murder. The Waukesha attacker, who drove an SUV into a Christmas procession and murdered six people, was a violently left-wing black nationalist bigot bent on provoking race war.”
“In 2016, another black nationalist murdered five cops in Dallas. I was there at the funeral for those police officers. This was a crime done on explicitly racial grounds. And then in 2019, two anti-Semitic domestic terrorists shot and killed four people inside a kosher grocery store in San Francisco. Violence against Asians has increased by 567 percent this year in San Francisco. Anti-Jewish attacks in New York City have gone up 148 percent compared to the first three months of 2021,” he added.
“And then, of course, there’s the violence of the Antifa and Black Lives Matter riots that roiled this nation,” he added. “As businesses were looted, police cars were set on fire, people were assaulted and murdered; my Democratic colleagues attempted to excuse, apologize for, even raise money to bail out of jail the rioters engaged in these acts of violence.”