Texas Senator Ted Cruz earned himself a standing ovation this week by contrasting his more American stance on the Second Amendment with his Democrat opponent’s desire to take guns away from Texans.
The Senate race in Texas has come down to a choice between two candidates with extremely opposing views. Will Texas voters pick the thoroughly un-Texas-like, liberal Beto O’Rourke who is the toast of Hollywood and plans to take away Texans’ guns? Or will they stick with the all-American Ted Cruz who believes in the Constitution and our God given rights?
The closer we get to the election the more we see that Beto O’Rourke is racing to the fringes of the far left.
At a recent town hall in Amarillo, Texas, Cruz set out to contrast his ideas with that of the far left-wing O’Rourke. Naturally, there were some O’Rourke hecklers in the small audience, but their obsquiousness gave Cruz the perfect foil to show how extreme O’Rourke really is on the rights Texans revere.
During his address he was ticking off the issues and when he got to the Second Amendment, things really got rolling.
“On the Second Amendment,” Cruz began before being interrupted by a Cruz supporter who yelled out “come and take it!”
But then one of the Democrat hecklers in the room replied, “oh, he will,” correctly noting that Democrat Beto O’Rourke stands 100 percent against the Second Amendment.
That sent Cruz into a comparison between himself and his Democrat opponent.
“‘Come and take it,'” Cruz noted his supporter said, “And the Beto O’Rourke supporter screams, “Oh, we will.’ It’s what this entire election is about,” Cruz noted. “And the question is, is Texas gonna stand up and defend our freedom?”
That sent the crowd into a several minute standing ovation.
Then Cruz went on: “And just to be clear that this young man is accurately representing Congressman O’Rourke’s position, Congressman O’Rourke has tweeted out to the world how proud he is that he has an “F” rating from the NRA. Not a “D-minus,” not a “D,” an “F.” And he’s campaigning on it; that’s a major reason he says you should vote for him, is that he has an “F” rating from the NRA.”
“And I’ll tell ya, I retweeted it, because elections are about choices,” Cruz added. “And, if you want a big government, gun-grabbing liberal, well, Democrats are giving you one.”
The crowd ate it up, naturally.
WATCH: A telling moment yesterday on the campaign trail that sums up the #TXSen race pretty well… When discussing #2A, a supporter shouts #ComeAndTakeIt. A Beto supporter responds: “Oh, we will!”
Is Texas gonna stand up and defend our freedom? #KeepTexasRed #ChooseCruz
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 30, 2018
(Or see the video here with the Second Amendment part about 46:10 into the clip.)
The Second Amendment isn’t the only place where Beto O’Rourke is a very bad fit for regular, all-American Texans. O’Rourke also became a favorite of the far left for saying that he thinks protesting against the country during the national anthem is the “most American thing” you can ever do.
O’Rourke posted a video of his explanation of how purely American it is to protest against the U.S.A. during the anthem that sent the left’s hearts aflutter.
Breitbart News reported on the candidate’s town hall appearance:
“Reasonable people can disagree on this issue, let’s begin there. And it makes them no less American to come down on a different conclusion on this issue, right?” O’Rourke insisted. “You can feel as the young man [who asked the question] does, you can feel as I do, you’re every bit as American, all the same.”
The candidate then went on to cite Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his “non-violent, peaceful movement” to secure equal rights. Then, equating the Freedom Riders and those civil rights activists who were killed and beaten to NFL players protesting the country during the national anthem.
O’Rourke next added that protests arose because “unarmed” black teenagers and “children” are “being killed at a frightening level right now… without accountability” by police.
The candidate concluded by saying, “And so non-violently, peacefully, while the eyes of this country are watching these games, they take a knee to bring our attention and our focus to this problem to ensure that we fix it,” O’Rourke said.
“That is why they are doing it. And I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully, standing up, or taking a knee, for your rights, anytime, anywhere, in any place,” the Democrat concluded.
Cruz was flabbergasted by O’Rourke’s celebration of the anti-American protests.
“When Beto O’Rourke says he can’t think of anything more American (than players taking a knee), well I got to tell you, I can,” Cruz said in reply to O’Rourke’s approval of the protests.
Yes, this election in Texas is between two very different candidates.
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