Former Florida Governor and former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush announced on Wednesday that he was endorsing Texas Senator Ted Cruz for President.
“Ted is a consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests,” said a statement from Bush released by the Cruz campaign. “For the sake of our party and country, we must move to overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena, or we will certainly lose our chance to defeat the Democratic nominee and reverse President Obama’s failed policies.”
Cruz welcomed Bush’s endorsement.
“His endorsement today is further evidence that Republicans are continuing to unite behind our campaign to nominate a proven conservative to defeat Hillary Clinton in November, take back the White House, and ensure a freer and more prosperous America for future generations,” Cruz said.
Bush’s endorsement of Cruz as a candidate who can end “divisiveness” in America comes one day after Cruz made very divisive remarks about Muslims.
In the wake of yesterdays’ Brussell’s attacks, Cruz stated his support of increased patrols of Muslim communities.
“If you have a neighborhood where there’s a high level of gang activity, the way to prevent it is you increase the law enforcement presence there and you target the gang members to get them off the streets,” the Texas senator told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “I’m talking about any area where there is a higher incidence of radical Islamic terrorism.”
His remarks brought swift condemnation from the public, including members of the New York City Police Department.
J. Peter Donald, the Communications Director for the NYPD called out Ted Cruz on Twitter.
Hey, @tedcruz are our nearly 1k Muslim officers a “threat” too? It’s hard to imagine a more incendiary, foolish statement
— J. Peter Donald (@JPeterDonald) 23 March 2016
Even New York City Police Chief Bill Bratton did not hesitate to denounce Cruz for his comments.
“I would remind the senator that he lives in the United States of America, and the statements he made today is why he’s not gonna become the president of this country,” Bratton said during a joint press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We don’t need a president that doesn’t respect the values that form the foundation of this country.”
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