As protesters continued to swarm around the venue of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s speech at California’s GOP Convention Friday, rival Ted Cruz found himself in somewhat of an alignment with his chief Republican rival.
In a rare moment of solidarity, Cruz said the massive groups of anti-Trump protesters have “crossed the line,” adding that they are “leftist agitators” who are “trying to silence a voice they don’t like.”
“The First Amendment protects everyone’s right to speak, but you don’t have a right to threaten violence, you don’t have a right to shout down others, and these protesters appear to be trying to use violence and threats,” Cruz said. “These are the strategies of MoveOn.org, of the leftist agitators who try to silence a voice they don’t like.”
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The Texas senator, who named Carly Fiorina as his running mate earlier this week, said instead of protesting, dissenters need to practice “civil” and “respectful” discourse.
“You know, when I have protesters, that’s how I deal with protesters,” he continued, “not inciting violence, not shouting people down, but engaging in civil discourse.”
Ultimately, Cruz said the wild protests breaking out in California are “not acceptable” and “inappropriate” because it “muzzles others.”
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