Ted Cruz Claims “Majority Of Violent Criminals Are Democrats” (VIDEO)

Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz made a bizarre assertion while discussing the attack on the Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado. In an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Monday, the Texas senator said that “the simple and undeniable fact is the overwhelming majority of violent criminals are Democrats.”

He continued his tirade:

“This whole episode has really displayed the ugly underbelly of media,” Cruz said. “Every time you have some sort of violent crime or mass killing you can almost see the media salivating. Hoping, hoping desperately that the murderer happens to be a Republican so they can use it to try to paint their political enemies.”

Cruz also sent out a dog whistle comment, arguing that Democrats are in favor of restoring voting rights to former prisoners because “Democrats know convicted felons tend to vote Democrat.”

His comments are intriguing because nobody currently running for President has as close a relationship to the violent faction of the anti-choice movement than Ted Cruz does.

Cruz recently touted the support his campaign had received from activist Troy Newman in the hopes that Newman’s anti-abortion credentials will help him win over caucus goers in Iowa. But Newman has a history of advocating for violence against abortion providers. In one instance Newman actually said the killing of an abortion doctor was “justifiable.”

In recent days, Cruz has also promoted a theory created by conservative bloggers that the Planned Parenthood shooter was “transgendered.” In reality, the shooter reportedly made a comment about “baby parts,” echoing the fake rhetoric promoted by Fox News and the right about activities undertaken by Planned Parenthood.

Other reports from the shooter’s ex-wife indicate that he held some right-wing beliefs, and a neighbor said that he handed out anti-Obama literature, a claim that has led to an investigation of the shooter by the Secret Service.

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