Muslims in America have no need to fear the fight against radical Islam, and the only reason some do is because Democrats are stoking fear, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tells Newsmax TV.
Cruz, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, told "The Hard Line" host Ed Berliner in an interview aired Wednesday that he would tell American Muslims that we need a president whose first obligation is to protect the American people and keep the country safe.
"We're at a time of war, and we've got a president who sticks his head in the sand, who refuses to acknowledge it," Cruz said. "We have a president who refuses even to say the words 'radical Islamic terrorism.' Hillary Clinton and all of the Democrats they refuse to say the words 'radical Islamic terrorism.'"
The Islamic State (ISIS), al-Qaida, al-Nusra, Boko Haram and the leadership in Iran all are radical Islamic terrorists and have declared jihad on America, Cruz said.
Meanwhile, Democrats have "stoked up" fears among Muslims born and raised in the United States the Republicans are against them, Cruz said.
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Following the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, President Barack Obama didn't give a national TV address expressing outrage at the terrorist, but rather said the biggest danger was Islamophobia, Cruz said.
"What utter nonsense," he said. "Look, there's nobody targeting innocent, peaceful Muslims in America. There are however radical Islamic terrorists both in the Middle East and here in America that are trying to murder innocent Americans and by the way they're trying to murder Christians, they're trying to murder Jews, they're trying to murder Muslims."
Radical Islamists are willing to murder anyone who doesn't embrace Islamism, which Cruz said is different from the Muslim faith.
"Islamism is a theocratic and political doctrine, the proponents of which believe that Sharia law should be mandated by law and that they are commanded to wage jihad and to forcibly convert or murder anyone who doesn't embrace their radical Sharia law Islamist view," he said.
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