Cruz Breaks with Trump on Muslim Database
Donald Trump has officially gone into the deep end. Sen. Ted Cruz has broken off from Trump over his plan to create a comprehensive Muslim database.
“I’m a big fan of Donald Trump’s, but I’m not a fan of government registries for American citizens,” the Texas senator and GOP presidential candidate said during a stop in Sioux City, according toBloomberg Politics.
“The First Amendment protects religious liberty,” Cruz added of his rationale for opposing Trump’s idea.
The Hill reports:
Trump expressed openness toward registering U.S. Muslims in a database or giving them special identification based on their faith earlier this week.
He also indicated he would consider warrantless searches for increasing surveillance of America’s Muslim community. The business mogul then confirmed Thursday that he would create a Muslim tracking database if elected in 2016.
“I would certainly implement that,” Trump said. “[The database] would stop people from coming here illegally. We have to stop people from coming into our country.”
Cruz has rarely criticized Trump on the presidential trail even though the two are competing for conservative support.
Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) denounced Trump’s strategy as too extreme earlier on Friday.
“You talk about internment, you talk about closing mosques, you talk about registering people — that’s just wrong,” Bush said.
“It’s not a question of toughness,” he added. “It’s manipulating people’s angst and their fears. That’s not strength; that’s weakness.”
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, expressed disbelief Friday about Trump’s suggestion.
“This is shocking rhetoric,” she said. “It should be denounced by all seeking to lead this country.”
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