Ted Cruz Apologizes to Veterans for ‘Bataan Death March’ Comment

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke for over twenty-one hours last week, but it was one of the last things he said that he’s now apologizing for.

At the end of his “filibuster,” Cruz thanked the Senate staff, including everyone from officers to pages, who had been required to be present during the entirety of his speech: “I don’t want to miss the opportunity within the limited amount of time—it is imperative that I do—which is to thank the men and women who have endured this, this Bataan Death March.”

The Bataan Death March was a forced march by Japanese soldiers of Filipino and American POWs during World War II, which resulted in thousands of deaths.

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On Tuesday, Cruz apologized to Filipino veterans for the reference.

“I was not attempting to compare my filibuster to that suffering,” Cruz said. “It was at the end of what had been nearly twenty-two hours. I was thanking the floor staff…I was trying to say that they had endured a long period of suffering not of their choosing. But I understand that that comment caused offense, and I apologize.”

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[h/t WaPo]

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