TED Cruz accused Democrats of “facilitating” riots and violence in major US cities and encouraging “radical leftists” who are threatening Americans after the party refused to say a word about Antifa.
“Seven Democrats spoke and not a single one dared to criticize Antifa in any way,” Cruz said, while also accusing the party of encouraging radical leftists of “assaulting and threatening American citizens."
Curz, who chaired a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing concerning Antifa Tuesday, slammed Democrats and the riots taking place in major American cities.
“What’s happening, unfortunately, is not free speech and those who are peaceably protesting are seeing their protests hijacked by violence anarchists, by Marxists who are engaged in acts of terror,” Cruz said.
“At the end of the day, none of this is complicated. Don’t assault your fellow citizens. Don’t firebomb a police car. Don’t loot and destroy small businesses. Don’t murder police officers.”
The hearing was marked by a confrontation between Cruz and Senator Mazi Hirono, D-Hawaii, who left before the hearing was adjourned.
“Sometimes I don’t think you listen,” Hirono snapped at Cruz as she walked out of the hearing on Antifa.
Hirono lost her temper after Cruz, slammed her party for no condemning the “anti-fascist” group.
“How many times have I had to say that we all should be denouncing violent extremists of every stripe,” Hirono fired at Cruz.
Cruz responded, “Does that include Antifa?”
“I hope this is the end of this hearing, Mr. Chairman, and that we don’t have to listen to any more of your rhetorical speeches. Thank you very much, I’m leaving,” Hirono replied as she began to collect her belongings.
“Well I appreciate the, as always, kind of uplifting words of Senator Hirono,” Cruz said.
“And I would also note that throughout her remarks she still did not say a negative word about Antifa nor has any Democrat here.”
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Cruz later appeared on Fox News with host Sean Hannity and continued his attack on the Democratic Party saying they “really unleashed the crazies.”
“Most of the party is really held captive to the extreme angry voices, whether it’s Antifa, whether … it is AOC or Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren,” Cruz said.
“And you see them denying reality. You’ll also see them using rhetoric, I mean, calling federal officers ‘storm troopers’ like Nancy Pelosi did, or ‘Gestapo,’ as Clyburn did … Cops are not Nazis, and it is grotesque. It is offensive.”