“Every one of us has a constitutional right to protest, to speak our minds. 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.” That’s what Ted Cruz told reporters in Iowa today regarding the Bundy militia occupation of a BLM building in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. Reporters are crawling over each other asking Republican presidential candidates on the campaign trail to go on record regarding the stand-off . . .
Cruz added that “our prayers” are with members of law enforcement addressing the standoff, which started Saturday after a group of protesters seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also addressed the issue Monday, telling an Iowa radio station “you cannot be lawless.”
Ohio Governor John Kasich’s representative was a little more blunt.
John Weaver, a senior aide for GOP candidate John Kasich, said in a tweet: “I know a good federal compound for Bundy and his gang: a U.S. penitentiary.”