Cruz Unfazed By Backlash Over His Proposal To Patrol Muslim Neighborhoods

Senator Ted Cruz got a lot of heat for saying that police should patrol Muslim neighborhoods in attempts to thwart home-grown jihad. The Republican candidate defended his comments on Tuesday and refuses to back down.

In an interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN Tuesday, Cruz waved off criticism from Democratic leaders. "You are right that after I called for increased vigilance protecting us, that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio all attacked me," He said. "I wear that as a badge of pride. I'm not going to apologize to anyone."

Cruz claims that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg instituted a similar program in New York and that it was successful. The program was dismantled when Mayor Bill de Blasio took office.

Cooper pressed Cruz on the fact that there is no evidence the program was successful. "The commander who oversaw the very program that you claim was as success in New York testified under oath that it didn't lead to any investigations in the six years," said Cooper.

Cruz swatted Coopers challenge and reiterated that the program had been successful. "If you want to stop radical Islamic terrorism, the answer isn't to go hang out in random neighborhoods, it is instead to focus on communities where radicalization is a risk."

A recent poll by The Morning Consult shows that some 49 percent of American voters agree with Cruz, who blames President Obama for violent jihadist attacks.

"Enough is enough, how about a president that actually stands up and defends this country," Cruz concluded. "What I believe we should do is we need a commander in chief who's actually focused on keeping this country safe."

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