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Ted Cruz Calls on Oregon Protestors to Stand Down, End Armed Standoff

As the Bundy clan’s mob continues their anti-government holdout in an Oregon federal building, political figures have started weighing in on whether their armed protest is the best way for voicing their dissent. Ted Cruz was asked about this while campaigning in Iowa today, and he advised the demonstrators to stand down and not allow the situation to escalate violently.

“Every one of us has a constitutional right to protest, to speak our minds,” Cruz said, “but we don’t have a constitutional right to use force and violence and to threaten force and violence against others. So it is our hope that the protesters there will stand down peaceably, that there will not be a violent confrontation.”

Cruz also offered his prayers to law enforcement and local residents in the midst of the event.

Two of infamous Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy‘s sons participated in a weekend demonstration that protested the government’s jailing of two ranchers for having burned federal property, supposedly while killing invasive plants on their own land. While the ranchers’ attorney said they would peacefully report to prison and did not approve of the demonstrators’ occupation, Ammon and Ryan Bundy helped take over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in defiance of federal land regulation laws.

Marco Rubio agreed that there were too many land control policies earlier today, but condemned the event and said the protesters’ speech would do much better if it was not “outside the law.”

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[h/t NBC]
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