The Texas GOP senator says Dems have allowed mobs to rage because it was in their partisan interests.
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is introducing new legislation that would help citizens take legal action against their elected officials if they’re “wrongfully denying police protection in the situation of a riot.”
“We’re seeing violence and police cars being firebombed, police officers being murdered, and violent mobs within our cities. But even worse, in the face of that, we’re also seeing Democratic politicians, Democratic mayors, Democratic governors who’ve somehow made the decision it’s in their political best interest to allow the mob to carry out their violence,” he said.
“And, they’re refusing to protect their own citizens. They’re allowing these lawless autonomous zones to exist within their boundaries. That has never happened in modern times.”
Cruz’s new measure says that if an elected official bends their knee to mob rule and denies their constituents police protection, residents can “sue them and get triple damages” for any injuries or any damages to a home or business.
The senator said that while many minority-owned small businesses were looted and “burned to the ground,” his colleagues across the aisle “didn’t care” because it was in their “partisan interests to allow the mob to rage.”
Cruz said that Democrats today were acting in the same way that their predecessors acted in the 1950s and 1960s.
“It’s the same thing [that] Democratic politicians like Bull Connor did. It’s the same thing that you saw Democratic racists who didn’t want to segregate schools. And remember, Eisenhower sent in the Army and said, ‘you’re going to follow Brown versus Board of Education.’ And you had elected Democrats — and they were all Democrats who were enforcing Jim Crow — who said, ‘get your federal officers out of here,'” he told host Shannon Bream.
“Well, guess what?” asked Cruz. “You don’t have the ability to throw the federal government out. You don’t have the ability to throw federal law enforcement officers out. And, you certainly don’t have the ability to say, ‘we’re going to allow the federal courthouse or the federal building to burn.'”
Cruz said if Chicago’s liberal Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants to “allow the mob to rampage in City Hall and occupy her office, that’s her decision.”
“Knock yourself out if you want to give in to the lawlessness,” he said. “But she doesn’t have the right to give up the federal courthouse and neither does the mayor of Portland or the governor of Oregon or any of these Democrats who — they’ve made a decision: the police are the enemy and the mob are their allies. And it’s just wrong.”