While some in the Republican presidential primary field have trashed Donald Trump for his controversial remarks on issues like immigration, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz explained in a recent interview that he was observing his party’s 11th commandment.
Often cited by Ronald Reagan, Republicans obeying the rule agree to never “speak ill of any fellow Republican.”
It is not only party unity, Cruz told Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity Wednesday, that keeps him from criticizing Trump.
“He’s a friend of mine,” he said of the real estate tycoon. “He and I have sat down and visited many, many times.”
As for the attention – both positive and negative – his comments have received, Cruz chalked it up to Trump’s willingness to address uncomfortable truths.
“And he’s taking on the Washington cartel,” he added.
Cruz went on to charge that several others in the primary field are not so open to hearing a conservative immigration message.
Trump has focused on “illegal immigration and sanctuary cities” in recent speeches, Cruz explained, adding that “a great many of the candidates in 2016 for the Republican nomination have been vocal aggressive advocates of amnesty.”
On this issue, he pointed out, both he and Trump represent the field’s minority.
“When we come to the first debates in a couple of weeks,” he asserted, “I’m going to be one of the very few major candidates on that stage who has never embraced amnesty.”
Instead of throwing stones at a fellow GOP candidate, Cruz said he would prefer to focus on real proposals to address our immigration problem, including his plan to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities and impose a mandatory five-year minimum sentence for anyone convicted of illegal re-entry into the U.S.
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