The director of communications for the New York City Police Department blasted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Tuesday evening, going after the Republican presidential candidate for the comments he made in the wake of the deadly terror attacks in Brussels.
Earlier in the day, Cruz said the U.S. needed to “empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.”
NYPD spokesman J. Peter Donald seemingly took offense to the remark.
"Hey, @tedcruz are our nearly 1k Muslim officers a "threat" too? It's hard to imagine a more incendiary, foolish statement," he tweeted to Cruz.
Hey, @tedcruz are our nearly 1k Muslim officers a "threat" too? It's hard to imagine a more incendiary, foolish statement— J. Peter Donald (@J. Peter Donald) 1458700245.0
Soon after, Cruz national security advisor Andrew C. McCarthy fired back a response on Twitter.
.@tedcruz did not say all Muslims were a threat & he talked about securing their communities from radicals. NYPD sounds like CAIR.— Andy McCarthy (@Andy McCarthy) 1458701806.0
When I was prosecutor in NYC, we surveilled radical mosques - centers of recruitment, plots & weapons transfers. Called it law enforcement.— Andy McCarthy (@Andy McCarthy) 1458702053.0
In Blind Sheik case, we proved radical mosques were jihadist hubs, prevented mass murder attack that would have killed thousands of NYers.— Andy McCarthy (@Andy McCarthy) 1458702338.0
Btw, courageous Muslim helped us infiltrate radical mosques. We know our Muslim allies are crucial. Doesn't change reality of threat.— Andy McCarthy (@Andy McCarthy) 1458702861.0
Cruz wasn't the only Republican to offer a firm remark in the aftermath of the Brussels attack. Front-runner Donald Trump said in a CNN interview he believed "torture works" and added that as president he would certainly employ methods stronger than waterboarding.
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