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July 7, 2015 9:50 AM
Cruz Doubles Down Defending Trump
Posted by Staff

Today on The Laura Ingraham Show, Sen. Ted Cruz reiterated his support for Donald Trump, who has recently been under attack for his comments about illegal immigrants. In fact, Republican donor John Jordan recently stated, “GOP leaders should take steps to block Trump’s access to the first presidential debate.”

Sen. Cruz was quick to come to Trump’s defense, applauding the 2016 candidate for highlighting the failures of Washington and the mainstream media to address a critically important policy issue – immigration.

Partial Transcript: [LISTEN]

Cruz: I am proud to defend Donald Trump, I like Donald Trump, I respect Donald Trump, and he is highlighting an issue that Washington politicians don’t want to talk about, which is illegal immigration. And, you know this well because you focus on it consistently and for a long time I’ve talked about what I call the Washington Cartel, which is career politicians in both parties – Democrats and Republicans – who get in bed with the lobbyists, who get in bed with special interests. And, the sad reality is the Washington Cartel supports amnesty. The Washington Cartel doesn’t want to stop illegal immigration so they’re mad at Donald Trump for focusing on this critical issue. And, I’m not going to play that game. The mainstream media loves to get a whole bunch of Republicans, we’ve seen one after another after another of the presidential candidates stand up and smack Donald Trump, I think it’s wrong, I’m not going to do it. And, for that matter, I’m not going to smack Chris Christie either. If he wants to take shots at me, he can knock himself out. I have repeatedly defended Chris Christie for what I think are unfair and ridiculous charges. The media has blown up against him and I don’t think your listeners or the American people are interested in bicker in Washington. What they’re interested in is leaders who will address the real challenges facing this country and that’s exactly what I’m trying to do. (3:30)

Ingraham: On the issue of immigration, on the substance, I think you hit the nail on the head that the people are fed up with Washington saying one thing and then doing another. And, these horrific crimes tat have been committed by illegal immigrants, not all illegal immigrants, but a sizeable percentage as CBS News has even now reported, the sexual crimes against minors, the drug trafficking, MS-13 arrests, just this year in Texas, Arizona, California. Disturbing percentages of California immigrants are illegal aliens and most happen to be from Mexico or Central America. These are issues that are important to people and I think that people focusing on Trump or the way he worded something, that’s not the point. The point is people want this stopped. They want it stopped. It’s not fair to us and it’s not right by our Constitution, Senator Cruz. (4:58)

Cruz: You are exactly right, as you know, when the Washington Cartel was pushing the Gang of 8 amnesty bill, I helped lead the fight to stop the Gang of 8 because it was wrong, amnesty is wrong, and we have got to stop illegal immigration. Listen, I represent the state of Texas. We’ve got roughly 1,200 miles of border with Mexico, I’ve spent a lot of time down on the border visiting with law enforcement, visiting with Border Patrol agents. There are serious security threats whether it is from terrorists coming over or criminals coming over…people come to this country for all sorts of different reasons. I am the son of an immigrant who came from Cuba, legally, in 1957 on a student visa, he became a citizen. He was fleeing oppression and there are millions of Americans who came here seeking freedom, that’s why we should use legal immigration, because you can check and make sure the people coming are not murderers, are not rapists, are not criminals. When you have an unsecure border, we don’t know who’s coming across. And, I’ll tell ya, anyone who thinks they’re being humane or compassionate supporting this quell of unchecked illegal immigration, I would invite them, come down to the border and take a look at the photographs of the bodies of women and children brutalized and left to die in the desert by coyotes, by transnational, vicious, criminal cartels that are smuggling these people in. That is not humane, it is not compassionate, and Donald Trump, I salute him for shining a light on the need to address this problem and solve it. It’s something I have been fighting to do for years and most of the Washington Cartel does not want to address it. (5:55)

Ingraham: And, apparently others are trying to eject Trump from the debates. Your reaction to that before we let you go? (16:25)

Cruz: I think absolutely Donald should be part of the debates. Donald Trump is terrific, and I’m not going to engage in this Washington game for slamming him for daring to speak the truth about the failures of the Washington Cartel. And, it’s part of the reason we’ve seen 125,000 go onto our website, tedcruz.org, contributing to our campaign, because they’re fed up with politicians who don’t tell them the truth. (16:29)

 

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