Two Republican candidates in the race for president in 2016, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, disagreed on their take on some recent remarks made by a third Republican candidate, the flamboyant real estate mogul, Donald Trump.
Trump was highly criticized for comments he made during his kick-off campaign speech on June 16.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best,” he said during the announcement. “They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting,” Trump shot from the hip.
As a result of that comment NBC and Univision have cut their ties with Trump. In a statement released on Friday Rubio was critical of Trump.
“Trump’s comments are not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive,” Rubio said
Cruz has a different approach to the controversial comments made by Trump. He defended the comments to Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s news magazine “Meet the Press.”
“I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration,” Cruz said. He added that the new “favorite sport of the Washington media is to encourage some Republicans to attack other Republicans.”
“I’m not interested in Republican on Republican violence. Bold … brash Trump has a colorful way of speaking. “
Cruz also defended Trump on Fox & Friends last Tuesday.
“When it comes to Donald Trump, I like Donald Trump,” Cruz said on the show. “I think he’s terrific.”