Texas senator Ted Cruz thinks his rival shouldn’t blame Dallas officer for shooting Botham Jean

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Ted Cruz (right) and Beto O’Rourke

(DALLAS NEWS) — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has lashed out at his Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, for agreeing that the Dallas police officer who shot an unarmed black man in his own apartment should be fired.

“I wish Beto O’Rourke and Democrats weren’t so quick to always blame the police officer,” Cruz said this weekend in an interview with KRIV-TV in Houston.

Cruz said that Botham Jean’s killing is a “tragic situation where everyone is horrified by what happened.” But he cautioned against jumping to conclusions, saying that the shooting may have been a “horrifying and horrific misunderstanding or it may be something else.”

“It may well be that two lives were destroyed that night,” the Republican said on Saturday.

His comments came after O’Rourke focused on the killing at a rally Friday at the Good Street Baptist Church in Dallas.

Jean was shot in his own apartment on the night of Sept. 6 by Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger, who told authorities that she had parked on the wrong floor and mistook Jean’s apartment as her own. Guyger was charged with manslaughter and put on paid administrative leave.

The killing has sparked national outrage, particularly since many key details remain unknown or in dispute.

Asked by KDFW-TV (Channel 4) after his rally in Dallas on Friday if Guyger should be fired, O’Rourke told the news outlet: “I don’t understand, given the actions, how anyone can come to any other conclusion.”

An O’Rourke spokesman confirmed the quote, but said that the El Paso Democrat also said there should be a full investigation and accountability for what occurred.

The Senate hopeful also spoke at length about Jean at the rally, wondering how it can be “in this day and age, in this very year, in this community, that a young man, African-American, in his own apartment, is shot and killed by police officer.”

O’Rourke, in particular, criticized the police’s decision on the day of Jean’s funeral to release information from a search warrant that showed marijuana was found in Jean’s apartment.

“That is not justice,” he said, referring to unarmed black residents being shot by white police officers. “That is not us. That can and must change.”

Cruz, in his interview with KRIV, stressed that the fatal shooting was “horrific and a nightmare.” But he said it’s important to remember that “we have a legal justice system to actually learn what the facts are, learn what happened.”

“She may have been in the wrong,” the senator said, referring to Guyger. “She’s facing legal proceedings, and if a jury of her peers concludes that she behaved wrongly, then she’ll face the consequences.”

Police shootings had already been a flash point in the campaign between Cruz and O’Rourke, thanks to the debate over NFL players protesting during the national anthem.

O’Rourke’s defense of those players kneeling to object to police brutality went viral online after he said at a town hall event that “I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up, or take a knee, for your rights, anytime, anywhere, in any place.”

Cruz, in turn, has blistered O’Rourke for taking that stance.

He’s said that “protesting the national anthem and the flag, protesting law enforcement … is inconsistent with where most Texans are.” He also launched an advertising campaign that features a retired Marine sergeant who lost both legs in the Vietnam War.

Asked just after the Jean killing if the shooting changed his mind on the anthem protests, Cruz demurred.

“I expect that the legal system and law enforcement specifically will examine what happened and how everyone behaved,” he said earlier this month. “But that doesn’t for a moment condone protesters disrespecting the American flag, disrespecting our national anthem.”

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8 comments

  1. Wonder if it was ted Cruz son ..father..or brother.what would he say

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  2. I wander if the tables were turned

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  3. Sad part is that Ted Cruz is blaming gaining support for what he just said. It is Texas after all

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  4. I didn't think I would see the day a republican sounding level-headed and a democrat rushing to conclusions. What the fck is the left and right reversed now?

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  5. Ted please go sit your racist ass some where snakes lay eggs. The man was sitting in his apt eating his cereal clearly reading minding his business and she took her time to walk to his apt with a big red mat in the front which she could clearly see she didn't purchase bang on the door and kill an unarmed black man in his home at that time in the night. IN HIS HOME HE PAYS RENT FOR> and she was sent home WITH PAY.

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  6. FACT CHECK: Ted Cruz and others are wrong.

    Cruz said: “protesting the national anthem and the flag, protesting law enforcement … is inconsistent with where most Texans are.”

    The Facts: The truth is that people like Colin Kapernick are NOT PROTESTING THE FLAG. While honoring the flag (whether by standing or kneeling) they are protesting against police killings of African Americans. If you are protesting against the flag you would be burning or mutilating it like what exists in countries who oppose America. You would be changing words of the anthem or denigrating it to some extent. Kneeling to any symbol is a sign of respect probably more endeared than standing itself.

    This is why politics is a form of disinformation, it obscures the true meaning of anything and imports a new meaning by drawing people into a popular perception rather than the strict meaning of the information.

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  7. Shut the f.. up ted Cruz you you all are the just about the same just a bunch of kkk....

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  8. WOW....just wow. She should not be blamed for shooting an unarmed man chilling alone in his OWN apartment minding his business. THIS is America. smfh.

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