ted cruz

senator

affiliations

U.S. Senate: Senator from Texas (2012-Present)

Center of Security Policy (Frank Gaffney): Award Recipient, 2017 Keeper of the Flame Dinner

Sources of Funding:

The Wilks Brothers

“Farris and Dan Wilks, billionaires who made their fortunes in the West Texas fracking boom, have given $15 million of the $38 million that the pro-Cruz super PAC, Keep the Promise, will disclose in election filings next week, according to sources outside the super PAC with knowledge of the giving.”

SOURCE: Theodore Schleifer (“First on CNN: Bilionair brothers give Cruz super PAC $15 million”, CNN)(July 27, 2015)

“A Texas billionaire who has played a key role in boosting Ted Cruz's presidential campaign — including donating millions to a super PAC and facilitating outreach to hundreds of influential religious conservatives — was charged with assaulting a police officer and accused of threatening his estranged wife during a rough patch of his life, 25 years ago, according to court documents obtained by POLITICO.”

SOURCE: Vogel, Kenneth P. (“Cruz mega-donors’ path to ‘kingdom building’”, Politico)(January 14, 2016)

bio

Due to the media’s rightful obsession with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz’s extreme anti-Muslim views have been overlooked. In 2012, after a storied legal career, Ted Cruz was elected the Senator from Texas, with major backing from Tea Party activists. In 2016, Ted Cruz ran an unsuccessful campaign to become the GOP nominee for the presidential election. Since becoming Senator, Ted Cruz has engaged in Islamophobic rhetoric and has associated himself with notorious anti-Muslim activists.

Cruz criticized Obama for refusing to refer to the 2016 Pulse Nightclub attacks, which claimed the lives of 49 people, as “radical Islamic terrorism,” stating that his administration was being too politically correct.

SOURCE: Ted Cruz’s Website

Cruz hired Frank Gaffney, one of America’s harshest anti-Muslim activists and conspiracy theorists, to be his foreign policy adviser during the 2016 primaries.

SOURCE: Vox, 3/17/2016

Islamophobia

Cruz criticized Obama for refusing to refer to the 2016 Pulse Nightclub attacks, which claimed the lives of 49 people, as “radical Islamic terrorism,” stating that his administration was being too politically correct.

“When Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) suggested we are still trying to ‘make sense’ of the Orlando terror attack at Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Islamic terrorism, he all but proved Chairman Ted Cruz’s point – political correctness is jeopardizing our national security. One is only still trying to 'make sense’ of Orlando if one ignores the killer’s pledge to ISIS terrorism, the Texas senator insisted...The White House’s decision to redact the Orlando 911 transcript so there was no mention of ISIS was an action that would especially ‘make George Orwell proud,’ he said at the hearing.

SOURCE: Ted Cruz’s Website (June 2018)

Cruz hired Frank Gaffney, one of America’s harshest anti-Muslim activists and conspiracy theorists, to be his foreign policy adviser during the 2016 primaries.

“Ted Cruz is getting advice on foreign policy from one of America's most prominent proponents of fear and hate against Muslims: Frank Gaffney. The head of the Center for Security Policy think tank and a former Reagan administration official, Gaffney helped coin the term ‘Ground Zero mosque’ and believes American Muslims are a threat to national security. Donald Trump even cited Gaffney's work when he proposed his infamous Muslim immigration ban.”

SOURCE: Libby Nelson (Vox)(March 2016)

During the 2016 primaries, Cruz proposed blocking refugees from ISIS-held territories (Muslim majority countries) from entering the United States.

“Instead of joining the Trump critics, Cruz tried to tout his own proposals to restrict the flow of refugees: a three-year moratorium on any coming from nations where Islamic State forces are wreaking havoc, allowing governors to opt out of receiving any refugees and revoking citizenship for any American who travels abroad in support of Islamic State forces.”

SOURCE: Paul Kane (Washington Post) (December 2015)

Cruz said that Sharia law is a serious problem in this country.

“At a campaign event earlier this month, Cruz touted another of the Tea Party’s favorite conspiracy theories, claiming that ‘Sharia law is an enormous problem’ in this country.”

SOURCE: Ian Millhiser (ThinkProgress) (August 2012)

After the 2016 Brussels attack in which 35 people died, Cruz called for the patrolling of Muslim neighborhoods.

“For years, the west has tried to deny this enemy exists out of a combination of political correctness and fear. We can no longer afford either. Our European allies are now seeing what comes of a toxic mix of migrants who have been infiltrated by terrorists and isolated, radical Muslim neighborhoods. We will do what we can to help them fight this scourge, and redouble our efforts to make sure it does not happen here. We need to immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant al Qaida or ISIS presence. We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized [emphasis added]. We need to secure the southern border to prevent terrorist infiltration...The days of the United States voluntarily surrendering to the enemy to show how progressive and enlightened we can be are at an end. Our country is at stake.”

SOURCE: Direct Quote From Cruz (March 2016) (Pulled From Vox)

Like Michele Bachmann before him, Cruz sponsored a bill to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization (January 2017).