With a Mexican drug lord on the loose from prison — and apparently tweeting threats to Republican presidential contender Donald Trump — rival Republican and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said Tuesday that Trump deserves protection from the Secret Service.
On Fox News’ “On the Record,” host Greta Van Susteren noted then-Sen. Barack Obama received early Secret Service protection because of the number and credibility of threats against a man running to be the first black president. She asked if Trump should get the same attention.
“Of course he should,” Cruz said. “Listen, these drug cartels are incredibly dangerous. They are transnational criminal operations. They are murderers, they are thugs … In Texas we deal with this all the time. We’ve got 1,200 miles of border with Mexico and we see the ravages of these violent, murdering drug cartels.”
Assuming the threats to Trump are real, Cruz said, “Absolutely he should get protection.”
Elsewhere in the interiew, Cruz pulled few punches while discussing sanctuary cities, saying what those paying attention to politics in America already know, that “the Democratic Party supports illegal immigration.”
Appearing Tuesday on Fox News’ “On the Record,” the Texas senator told host Greta Van Susteren that sanctuary cities have been a “persistent problem” in the Lone Star State because Democrat mayors “decline to enforce the law.”
“It varies in terms of how brazen it is, it’s not always as brazen as San Francisco is,” Cruz stated. “But it’s a problem when you have cities that are in the control of the Democrats and don’t want to follow the law.”
Calling a spade a spade, Cruz responded with the bitter truth when Van Susteren tried to turn the tables by saying illegal immigration is a federal issue but Congress does not pass laws to address it.
“It’s because the Democratic Party supports illegal immigration,” he said. “They don’t even call it illegal immigration. They’ve come up with this ‘undocumented’ term.”
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