A GOP congressman says he knew exactly what Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was doing when he made a controversial speech at a Christian conference that got him heckled off stage.
“It was a willful and deliberate confrontation, and very self-serving,” Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) told The Washington Post.
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 from parts of the crowd 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.
The Post noted that Dent represents a district with a large population of Americans of Syrian and Lebanese descent.
[Correction: This post previously stated that Jews had participated in booing the senator. Since there is insufficient evidence for that, we have removed.]
[h/t Raw Story]
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