Ted Cruz Agrees With Critics Calling CPAC Visitors “Dangerous Radicals”

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz said Friday he agrees with those who view Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) participants as “dangerous radicals” and promised the US would see a red “tsunami” in November’s midterm elections.

“It seems to me that the Biden FBI believes this is a room of dangerous radicals,” Cruz said while making comments to CPAC in Dallas. ‘And you know what? They are right. There’s nothing more dangerous for a bunch of power-hungry, violent, totalitarian nimwits than a free, empowered, and energetic American people taking back our country.”

The November midterm elections will be a landmark moment for the two major political parties in the US as Republicans seek control of Congress and Democrats seek to increase their power in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Some recent polls by TAUT News and FiveThirtyEight have found that Republicans are in a good position to gain a majority in the House, while FiveThirtyEight finds Democrats “somewhat advantaged” in maintaining control in the Senate.

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The Senate is currently composed of 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats, with two independents consulting with the Democrats. Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris has the casting vote in the event of a tie in the Senate.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz said Friday he agrees with those who view Conservative Political Action Conference participants as “dangerous radicals” and promised the US would see a red “tsunami” in November’s midterm elections. Above, Cruz speaks at CPAC, at the Hilton Anatole on Aug. 5 in Dallas.
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Cruz’s mention of the “Biden FBI” at CPAC, which also included a speech by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, appears to be a reference to an alleged FBI training document he put forward during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on FBI surveillance Thursday. Cruz asked FBI Director Christopher Wray, who testified at the hearing, about the document he said had been obtained by the conservative organization Project Veritas.

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This document, Cruz said, “listed several symbols and themes that, in the FBI’s opinion, indicate ‘violent extremism by militias’.”

Those symbols include the Gonzales battle flag, according to Cruz. Just before making the comment about the Biden FBI and “dangerous radicals” at CPAC, Cruz pointed to the Gonzales battle flag in the room.

The Texas legislature during Thursday’s Senate hearing expressed concern that the FBI and the Department of Justice have been “thoroughly politicized.” He also banged his boot on the table at one point to show that it represented the Gonzales battle flag on the back.

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Wray replied at the time that he was not familiar with the document and does not “try in practice to comment on documents I did not recognize”.

“But I’ll tell you that when we release intelligence products, including products that reference symbols, which we do in a wide variety of contexts, we usually go to great lengths, go to great lengths to put caveats and warnings in the document that make it clear that a symbol alone is not considered evidence of violent extremism,” he added.

News week reached out to Cruz’s office for comment.

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