Ted Cruz: Obama an ‘Apologist for Radical Islamic Terrorism’

Ted Cruz is preaching to a small audience of right wing Christian Republicans in the U.S. who might attend a caucus or vote in a primary next year.  President Obama is mindful that his words are read and heard by over a billion Muslims around the world.  Ted Cruz is much more willing to connect the words “terrorist” and “Islam” than is the President.

Click here to see the full story in the website MEDIAite quoted in part below and see the Fox “News” video of Senator Cruz on February 18, 2015.

Senator Ted Cruz appeared on Fox News tonight and told Megyn Kelly he doesn’t like how President Obama appears to sound like “an apologist” for radical terrorist groups. Cruz was reacting to the Obama administration’s reticence to identify radical Islamic extremism as a threat to the United States and the world.

Cruz ripped Obama’s “bizarre, politically-correct doublespeak… simply not befitting a Commander-in-Chief.”

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Kelly asked Cruz what he would say to the idea, put forth by the White House, that identifying terrorists like ISIS as Islamic would give the terrorists exactly what they want and would undermine the global effort against them. Cruz said that “what undermines the global effort is for the President of the United States to be an apologist for radical Islamic terrorists.”

Ted Cruz says 92 million Americans aren’t working

Cruz gets another “Mostly False” assessment from Politifact for criticizing President Obama because 92 million American are not working when Cruz is counting the young and elderly, housewives and students.

Click here to read this February 10, 2014 article from the website Cruz detests the most: Politifact.com.

The federal government may have announced a good jobs report just days earlier, but Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, wasn’t impressed with the state of the American labor market.

On the Feb. 8, 2015, edition of CNN’s State of the Union, host Dana Bash asked Cruz whether he would run for president. He responded:

“I think we’re facing enormous challenges in this country. The Obama economy has led to the lowest labor force participation since 1978. Ninety-two million Americans aren’t working. Obamacare is a train wreck. We’re seeing our constitutional rights under assault. And abroad the Obama-Clinton-Kerry foreign policy is an unmitigated disaster. Leading from behind doesn’t work.

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Still, we don’t see much justification for Cruz counting high-school-age kids (roughly 10 million) and Americans 75 and up (17.6 million). Even this far more restrictive definition leaves almost one-third of Cruz’s number questionable.

Another point worth noting: Just because someone in the prime working-age range (25 to 64) isn’t working doesn’t mean that they are unemployed. They may be disabled, taking care of children full-time or have gone back to school. The actual number of officially unemployed Americans in January was a little under 9 million — just one-tenth of the figure Cruz cited as “not working.”

Our ruling

Cruz said that “92 million Americans aren’t working.” Once you strip out senior citizens and school-age Americans, the number is less than half that. The statement contains some element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression, so we rate it Mostly False.

UPDATED, Feb. 11, 2015: After this fact-check was published, Cruz’s office got back to PolitiFact with sourcing for the statistic. The statistic, they said, came from the Bureau of Labor Statistics — Table A-1, for the total civilian, non-institutionalized population not in labor force, seasonally adjusted, for January 2015. The total for that month was 92.5 million. Spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said that Cruz was “relying on objective federal labor statistics” in making his statement. However, our fact-check didn’t question the veracity of the BLS statistics – only their relevance to Cruz’s point. We continue to believe the statistic includes Americans too young and too old to be expected to work, and we stand by our rating of Mostly False.