Cruz and Obama are not playing nice. Ted Cruz, in his political sandbox, tossed out a double dare to President Obama. Insulted by Obama’s recent comments assailing the “political posturing” of Cruz and other Republicans who want to either shut down entry to the United States to all Syrian refugees, or at least bar non-Christian refugees from stepping foot on American soil, Cruz responded.
Obama didn’t care for the close-the-border suggestions, and ripped the idea to the media while in Turkey and again in Manila, calling the whole thing very un-American. Junior Texas Senator Ted Cruz put on his fight’n stance, telling Obama: “Come insult me to my face.”
Don King is already promoting the fight card: “Thrilla in Manila II.”
Reports the NY Times on Nov. 18: “Speaking to reporters in Washington on Wednesday, Mr. Cruz, a Republican running for president, challenged Mr. Obama to a public debate on refugee policy, criticizing Mr. Obama for having made his remarks on a trip to Manila.”
Cruz was the voice behind the suggestion, though he certainly is not the only one arguing for tighter border controls. He told Fox News on Saturday:
“It makes no sense whatsoever to for us to be bringing in refugees who our intelligence cannot determine if they are terrorists here to kill us or not. Those who are fleeing persecution should be resettled in the Middle East and majority Muslim countries,” Cruz said. “Now, on the other hand, Christians who are being targeted for genocide or persecution, Christians who are being beheaded or crucified, we should be providing safe haven to them.”
On Monday, Obama mused: “When I hear folks say that, ‘Well, 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 a person who is fleeing a war torn country is admitted, when some of those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing from political persecution, that’s shameful. That’s not American.”
Donald Trump called Obama’s reply an “embarrassment” to the country, and proof that this job was “not cut out” for him. Undaunted, Obama continued his criticisms, saying that the potential denial of refugees can be used as a recruitment tool for the Islamic State.
“When individuals say that we should have a religious test and that only Christians – proven Christians – should be admitted, that’s offensive and contrary to American values,” Obama said in Manila. “I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric that’s been coming out of here during the course of this debate.”
Cruz replied with sharp words for the president while on Capitol Hill Wednesday, saying Obama “is utterly unbefitting of a 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 would encourage you, Mr. President, come back and insult me to my face,” the Republican presidential hopeful said, according to NBC News.
Even fellow GOP candidate Mike Huckabee got into the fray, calling Obama “delusional.”
“If the President honestly believes that ISIS is concerned about what we think about them and that they are driven by that than the president is more delusional than I ever imagined when it comes to dealing with this crisis,” Huckabee said on MSNBC Wednesday. “It’s just astonishing the president would make this all about himself not about the safety and security of the American people.”
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