Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said on Wednesday that President Barack Obama had “inflamed racial tensions” during his time in office.
Speaking to members of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the media, Cruz pointedly attacked the president for repeated missed opportunities to lead on race issues since he came into office.
“He’s made decisions that I think have inflamed racial tensions — that have divided us rather than bring us together,” the Texas senator said. “We need leadership that brings us together rather than trying to divide us.”
Cruz, who became visibly emotional talking about Baltimore during the hour and a half discussion of an array of issues facing the country, called for prayers for the victims of the violence and a fair investigation to find out what happened to Freddie Gray. Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died while in police custody and thrust Baltimore into turmoil.
He cited Vice President Joe Biden’s warning to an African-American audience that Republicans would “put you back in chains” during the 2012 campaign as proof of the kind of “incendiary and hateful rhetoric” that splits people apart.
Cruz could offer no specific examples on what he could do as President to address the tensions among minority communities when he was pressed.
“No. 1, most importantly, it comes to tone and language and rhetoric,” he said. “Not having the President inflaming racial tensions, rather have the President working to appeal to our shared values.”
Click here for more.