Following the brutal murder of Texas Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth over the weekend, Sen. Ted Cruz is blaming the Obama administration, especially the president, for inspiring anti-police sentiment and incidents of gun violence toward law enforcement officials.
“Cops across this country are feeling the assault,” Cruz told reporters when campaigning in Milford, New Hampshire, on Monday. “They’re feeling the assault from the president, from the top on down as we see. Whether it’s in Ferguson or Baltimore, the response of senior officials, of the president, of the attorney general, is to vilify law enforcement.
“That is fundamentally wrong, and it is endangering the safety and security of us all,” he added.
The Texas senator and presidential hopeful even accused President Barack Obama of staying “silent” on Goforth’s murder, when in fact the president condemned the shooting and violence against police officers as “completely unacceptable.” On his way to Alaska on Monday, Obama also phoned Goforth’s wife to express his condolences.
Cruz is hardly the first to denounce the president for provoking anti-police hostilities. Following the murders of two New York Police Department officers in December, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani went on Fox News and accused Obama of disseminating “propaganda” that “everybody should hate the police.”