“You are right that after I called for increased vigilance protecting us, that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio all attacked me,” he said Tuesday during a CNN town hall event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “I wear that as a badge of pride. I'm not going to apologize to anyone,” the Texas senator added.
In the first substantive proposal by a presidential candidate since the Brussels bombings last week, Cruz called for reinstating a controversial surveillance program that targeted Muslim neighborhoods in New York for years following the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Cruz continued to defend the program even when he was pushed on the fact that the commander who oversaw the program testified that it did not lead to any investigations.
“In New York, this was a successful program,” the senator stressed.
Cruz criticized Mayor de Blasio for giving in to political correctness and shutting the program, set up under his predecessor Michael Bloomberg.
When pressed to elaborate on his call to patrol and monitor Muslim neighborhoods, Cruz said it means that “we target the enemy.”