Following violent protests Thursday night outside a Donald Trump rally in Orange County, Calif.,, the anti-Trump protesters were at it again Friday, issuing threats of violence and harassing Trump supporters outside a hotel in Burlingame, Calif.
In a rare moment of solidarity between the two candidates, Sen. Ted Cruz denounced anti-Trump protesters as “leftist agitators” who “crossed the line” in regards to what is an acceptable form of protest.
“The First Amendment protects everyone’s right to speak, but you don’t have a right to threaten violence, you don’t have a right to shout down others, and these protesters appear to be trying to use violence and threats,” Cruz said. “These are the strategies of MoveOn.org, of the leftist agitators who try to silence a voice they don’t like.”
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Instead of protesting, Cruz called on the anti-Trump dissenters to engage in “civil” and “respectful” discourse.
“You know, when I have protesters, that’s how I deal with protesters,” Cruz added, “not inciting violence, not shouting people down, but engaging in civil discourse.”
Cruz called the actions “inappropriate” and “not acceptable” because it “muzzles others.”
Cruz will be arriving in California over the weekend in order to begin campaigning in the pivotal state along with his running mate, Carly Fiorina. Fiorina ran a relatively successful campaign challenging Sen. Barbara Boxer for her seat in 2010, though ultimately lost.
It is speculated Fiorina may be able to help rally Republicans in the state to Cruz.
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