This makes zero sense at all. But then again, it makes perfect sense.
Ted Cruz made a statement yesterday after the Brussels bombing that “We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.”
Looking at that statement, even out of context, it doesn’t seem in the least bit racist, xenophobic, anti-Muslim, or “apartheid” to me. It simply means that we can’t allow “no-go” zones in the U.S., where Sharia law is held above U.S. and local law. It means that it’s in America’s best interests to monitor radical Muslim rhetoric preached by imams or distributed over the Internet.
In a case of raw hypocrisy, NYPD spokesman Peter Donald blasted Cruz in a tweet, calling it an “incendiary, foolish statement.”
Hey, @tedcruz are our nearly 1k Muslim officers a "threat" too? It's hard to imagine a more incendiary, foolish statement
— J. Peter Donald (@JPeterDonald) March 23, 2016
As if the NYPD didn’t agree with Cruz’s statement and actually take action on it: The department ran a secret program to monitor Muslim neighborhoods for signs of radicalization. After federal lawsuits and criticism from liberals, Commissioner Bill Bratton dropped the program in 2014.
NYPD even infiltrated Brooklyn College’s Islamic Society by having an undercover officer fake a conversion.
New York Daily News columnist Shaun King called Cruz’s statement “ridiculous.” He also called it “despicable,” “xenophobic,” and “dangerous.” He then dropped into the tired monologue asking if Dylann Roof represented Christianity because he was a white supremacist. If that argument was a carpet, it would grace the lobby of the New York Inn on Eighth Avenue, a place so bad it was condemned by the city.
On the other hand, Donald Trump, who has done more to glorify the Crusades since Jefferson dispatched the Marines to Tripoli, was left untouched.
Trump called Brussels “a hellhole.”
“There is something going on, Maria,” he said. “Go to Brussels. Go to Paris. Go to different places. There is something going on and it’s not good, where they want Shariah law, where they want this, where they want things that — you know, there has to be some assimilation. There is no assimilation. There is something bad going on.”
Warming to his theme, he added that Brussels was in a particularly dire state. “You go to Brussels — I was in Brussels a long time ago, 20 years ago, so beautiful, everything is so beautiful — it’s like living in a hellhole right now,” Mr. Trump continued.
Trump claimed in December that London police are afraid to go into Muslim no-go areas.
“We have places in London and other places that are so radicalised that the police are afraid for their own lives,” Trump claimed in a rambling MSNBC interview today.
He also cited the “horrible carnage” of the recent terror attacks in Paris.
“Paris is no longer the same city it was,” he said. “They have sections in Paris that are radicalised, where the police refuse to go there. They’re petrified. The police refuse to go in there.”
“We have to be very smart and very vigilant,” he said.
That sounds really similar, and a whole lot more xenophobic than Cruz’s remarks. But nobody in New York was talking about that Tuesday. They were talking about Cruz.
Where did Peter Donald’s imagination go?
Where did Commissioner Bill Bratton’s imagination go?
"The statements [Ted Cruz] made today is why he won't become president of this country," – NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton
— Pervaiz Shallwani (@Pervaizistan) March 22, 2016
New York City has congealed around one of its own. Bratton, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, and their ilk have pushed themselves so far down into Trump’s pocket that his short fingers can’t even reach them.
Their hypocrisy is so thick and fetid that even the subway rats turn their noses.