“We saw the president lecture the American people like some condescending schoolmarm about the need to avoid Islamophobia.”
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Republican presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz compared President Obama to a "condescending schoolmarm" for his call on Sunday evening to reject discrimination against Muslims.
On the Mike Gallagher Show on Monday, Cruz said Obama's Oval Office address showed that the president was "so out of touch and so unprepared and unwilling to defend this nation it makes the next year extraordinary dangerous."
"We saw the president lecture the American people like some condescending schoolmarm about the need to avoid Islamophobia," said Cruz.
On Sunday evening, Obama said, "But just as it is the responsibility of Muslims around the world to root out misguided ideas that lead to radicalization, it is the responsibility of all Americans, of every faith, to reject discrimination. It is our responsibility to reject religious tests on who we admit into this country. It's our responsibility to reject proposals that Muslim-Americans should somehow be treated differently. Because when we travel down that road, we lose. That kind of divisiveness, that betrayal of our values plays into the hands of groups like ISIL."
Cruz said the right response is to acknowledge radical Islamic terrorism and lay out an aggressive plan to defeat ISIS.
"What we need is a commander-in-chief who stands up and, number one, doesn't engage in politically correct double speak, doesn't refuse to say the world radical Islamic terrorism, as Obama, and Hillary, and all the Democrats do," Cruz said.
"But, number two, says we will defeat ISIS," he continued. "We are gonna carpet bomb them into oblivion. We are gonna arm the Kurds. We are gonna go and find them, and hunt them down, and kill them."
"That is the right response," said Cruz, adding that Democrats offer apologies and justifications for ISIS while going after the Second Amendment rights of U.S. citizens.
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