GOP Congressman Blasts Ted Cruz For ‘Outrageous And Incendiary’ Remarks To Arab Christians
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) told the Washington Post that Sen. Ted Cruz deliberately made “outrageous and incendiary” remarks during a speech in front of Arab Christians, which got the Texas Republican booed offstage.
“It was a willful and deliberate confrontation, and very self-serving,” Dent said.
During his remarks at the conference held by In Defense of Christians, a non-profit supporting persecuted Christians in the Middle East, Cruz prompted boos, both from the Christian attendees and their Jewish allies, by claiming: “Christians have no greater ally than Israel…If you will not stand with Israel and Jews, then I will not stand with you.”
“I support Israel, but what Senator Cruz did was outrageous and incendiary,” Dent, whose district includes Syrian and Lebanese-Americans. “He showed a true lack of sensitivity for the people he was speaking to, especially the religious leaders who were there. It was a political speech, inappropriate and, overall, an uncomfortable moment.”
Dent speculated that Cruz was trying to whip up some pro-Israel support before his likely 2016 Presidential bid — probably among Tea Party Republicans. “He was speaking to people outside of the building,” he affirmed.
Dent’s district is populated with many Syrian and Lebanese residents.[su_csky_ad]