Cruz To Oregon Protesters: ‘Stand Down’
GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz urged armed protesters currently stationed inside a federal building Monday to stand down and give up their fight against the federal government.
“Every one of us has a constitutional right to protest, to speak our minds,” Cruz told reporters in Iowa, according to Breitbart. “But we don’t have a constitutional right to use force and violence and to threaten force and violence against others.”
Cruz says he hopes the confrontation will not turn violent.
Led by the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, approximately 150 armed protesters seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge facility, a government building located in Burns, Ore. The militia says it is prepared to lay claim to the facility for years.