Chuck Todd to Ted Cruz: ‘Republican Voters Are the Ones Rejecting You,’ Not the Media

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Sunday, on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” host Chuck Todd got very frustrated with Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) refusal to say if he would support rival candidate Donald Trump if he is the GOP nominee. Partial transcript as follows: TODD: [A]re you going to support him? I understand what you believe in the Republican Party. Are you — can you support him? Can you tell your delegates, lay down your arms, and support Donald Trump? *Crosstalk* CRUZ: I recognize that many in the media would love for me to surrender to Donald Trump. TODD: It’s not about the media, senator, it’s about the numbers. He may win. Republican voters are the ones rejecting you. This is not a media conspiracy, senator. CRUZ: Well, actually, with all due respect, the media has given $2 billion of free advertising to Donald — let me ask you a question, for example, how much money did the networks make on every one of the Republican debates? Millions, right? Like, lots and lots? TODD: I have no idea, because we didn’t have a Republican debate. CRUZ: But you know what’s interesting, Chuck, it’s been now 49 days since we’ve had a Republican debate. The
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Cruz: Trump ‘Trying to Perpetuate the Biggest Fraud in the History of Electoral Politics’

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Sunday, on CNN’s “State of the Union With Jake Tapper,” Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said his rival Donald Trump is “pretending to be an outsider,” and “trying to perpetuate the biggest fraud in the history of electoral politics.” While first discussing the North Carolina transgender bathroom law Cruz said, “[L]isten, this goes to something much broader, Donald Trump is trying to perpetuate the biggest fraud in the history of electoral politics. He’s pretending to be an outsider, when he’s the ultimate Washington insider. And his whole shtick is that he tells it like it is, he speaks the truth, and yet he also told us he could be the most politically correct person on earth. This is the height of political correctness for Donald Trump to say, ‘Yes, let grown men in the bathroom with little girls.’ And by the way, his lobbyist campaign manager, just a week ago, told the top officials at the RNC, Donald is just playing a role. This is all fake. He’s pretending. And people are tired of politicians lying to us.” Cruz added, “[B]ehind the Donald Trump mask is Hillary Clinton.” Follow Pam Key On Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Trump on Violent Protesters: ‘These People Have to Be Dealt With Very Strongly’

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On this week’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace,” Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said of the violent protesters at his rally in California last week, “these people have to be dealt with strongly.” Trump said, “[A]t that particular moment, we had 31,000 people in the stands, it was packed. They’ve never had a crowd like that, it’s the biggest crowd they’ve ever had. We had 31,000 people. We didn’t we didn’t have a riot. We didn’t have anybody even raise their hand. It was a like lovefest for an hour and a half. It was incredible. I didn’t even see the riot. I guess there was a — you know, these are wise guys that stomp on policemen’s cars. And it’s a terrible thing that people are allowed to get away with this. These were professional agitators. They were wearing masks. The cops told me, anytime you see a guy with a mask you know he’s a professional, and they were wearing masks. And these people have to be dealt with very strongly, because you can’t allow that to happen to a police car.” Follow Pam Key On Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Hillary: Trump’s Foreign Policy ‘Disturbing’

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Sunday, on CNN’s “State of the Union With Jake Tapper,” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that the foreign policy Republican front-runner Donald Trump detailed in an address last week was “disturbing.” Clinton said, “I certainly read about it, and I think it’s quite concerning. His talk about pulling out of NATO, his talk about letting other countries have nuclear weapons, which runs counter to 70 years of bipartisan national security policy, his idea that he has a ‘secret plan’ to get rid of ISIS that he’s not going to tell anybody. I found it disturbing. Because — I, as a senator from New York for eight years, as secretary of state for four years, I know that the stakes are high, that we face some real challenges and dangers in the world. And I don’t think loose talks about loose nukes, I don’t think turning our back on our strongest allies, I don’t think pretending you have some sort of secret plan is a very smart way to go forward in leading the world, which is what we must do.” Follow Pam Key On Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Poll: ‘Total Rejection’ Of Islam In France From All Across The Political Spectrum

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An Ifop poll for Le Figaro measuring perceptions of Islam has found that people have a growing sense of unease about its role in France. What’s notable about the results is that where once such sentiments were perceived as the preserve of the “extreme right”, they are now felt across the political spectrum. Back in 2010, 39 per cent of Socialist Party voters felt Islam was too prominent within French society — a majority of 52 per cent feel this to be the case six years on. Le Figaro says the poll confirms a “total rejection” of the religion in France, after its capital in 2015 saw two deadly Islamist terror attacks. Seventeen people were murdered over three days in January, including most of the writers of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Then, on November 13th a series of coordinated attacks claimed 130 innocent lives, including 89 people shot dead at the Bataclan theatre. The poll also found that 47 per cent of people consider the presence of Muslim communities a threat to France’s identity, up five points from 2010. However, 19 per cent believe Muslims culturally enrich the country. Surveys by Ifop going back to 1989 have consistently measured attitudes toward aspects of Islam in French society,
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Report: ‘Record Breaking’ Spike In Anti-Semitism, ‘Core Part Of Far-Left And Islamist Ideology’

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An extensive report into anti-Semitism has detailed a ‘record breaking’ spike in anti-Jewish hatred in the UK, recorded over the same time frame that the hard left took control of the Labour party. The landmark report warns that politicians and the police are “failing to enforce the law”, which could leave some British Jews “convinced that they have no choice but to emigrate”. One explanation given is that Anti-Semitism is now a “core” part of the hard left ideology of Labour’s leadership. Yesterday, it was reported that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has commissioned an inquiry into anti-Semitism within his party, after an MP was suspended for having previously called for the “transportation” of Jews from the Middle East and the former Labour Mayor of London refused to apologise for claiming Hitler was a “Zionist”. However, Mr. Corbyn has refused to acknowledge there is a “problem” or “crisis” within his party, and once praised “friends” from Hezbollah and Hamas — an organisation committed to driving the “Jewish race” into the “sea”. This morning, the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism released their national crime audit, which explained: “In 2014, antisemitic crime broke all previous records. Many linked the surge in Jew-hatred across Britain to fighting
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