(CNSNews.com) - "Unfortunately, the Democrats have released the crazies in their party, and they are going nuts -- the violence we're seeing, the rioting we're seeing," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told Fox News's Sean Hannity Wednesday night.
"They hate America, and we need leaders, Sean, to stand up and defend America unapologetically as the greatest nation in the history of the world dedicated to equal justice."
Cruz said the Democrat Party hates President Trump so much they're allowing the far-left to literally run riot:
Imagine if 30 days ago, Sean, I'd come on your show ,and I would've said, you know, the Democrats are going to come out for abolishing the police. You would've said look, Ted, that's a little much. Let's not get crazy about it. And that's exactly what they're doing.
I mean, NYPD, cutting a billion dollars from their police department. And AOC says it's not enough? That is crazy. And, you know, the consequence of their attacking, demonizing, defunding the police? The consequence will be a lot more black lives will be lost and a lot more white lives and Hispanic lives. You pull the police back, and those, especially those who live in low income neighborhoods, are going to find themselves victims of much more violent crime.
And this is wrong. I 'll tell you, I stand with the NYPD. I stand with the men and women of law enforcement across this country and I've got to say, you know, I have talked to a lot of cops in the last several weeks and they are they're, they're down, they are demoralized. You're seeing senior officers leaving the force.
Young people, what young person in his right mind would say I'm going to be a cop? And you think that's good for America, that people are scared to be a police officer and keep us safe?
Cruz said scaring people away from the police force is part of the crazies' plan:
What the far-left is doing, they hate America. This is not about social justice. This is not about equality. Every one of us agrees that everyone's rights should be protected, regardless of race. That's what the Constitution and Bill of Rights do.
But you look at these vandals that are tearing monuments down. They're trying to tear down George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. That ain't about the Confederacy. Last I checked, George Washington wasn't part of the Civil War.
They hate America, and we need leaders, Sean, to stand up and defend America unapologetically as the greatest nation in the history of the world dedicated to equal justice.
Cruz said every American has the right to speak and to assemble "peaceably."
"And 'peaceably' is right there in the Constitution," he noted:
But what you don't have a right to do is commit violence. You don't have a right to assault people. You don't have a right to burn shops to the ground, you don't have a right to firebomb churches or police cars. You don't have a right to murder police officers or to murder teenage boys, as happened in Seattle.
And we are seeing violent rioters. Antifa is behind much of it, and they are domestic terrorists, and we need law enforcement to stand together to stop this terrorism, to enforce the rule of law and to protect American citizens.