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Ted Cruz Continues To Push For Monitoring Muslim Neighborhoods

Ted Cruz doubled down on his suggestion that authorities need to monitor Muslims living in the United States. After the deadly terrorist attacks in Brussels, where the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has claimed responsibility, Ted Cruz made the call to "patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods."

On Wednesday, Cruz spoke on "CBS This Morning" pointing to isolated neighborhoods in Belgium that "become incubators for radical, Islamic terrorism," saying "of course" the same exists in the United States.

He stated, "Name one community, one city where we have a large group of radicalized Muslims. You have communities, for example, in Minnesota, you have communities in Michigan with heavy concentration" of Muslims. He mentioned, "radical imams preaching jihadism, preaching Islamism." Cruz has faced criticism from Democrats and progressive groups for his proposal.

New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Wednesday on "CBS This Morning," "He doesn't know what the hell he's talking about. I took great offense at that statement." Cruz was challenged by the New York Police Department for citing a controversial policing program in New York to map Muslim communities that were eventually ended.

Bratton, who got rid of the program with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) in 2014 said, "Not one single actional piece of information came out of that. It didn't work." Cruz responded by stating, "It's not surprising that the Democratic political henchmen of Mayor de Blasio are coming after me. He seems more upset that I'm calling for stopping the terrorists than he is at the terrorism. It's just like President Obama," Cruz said of de Blasio on "Fox and Friends," noting he'd "apologize to no one" over his rhetoric.

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