“I came from New Jersey to ask this question because it’s so important to me,” said John Davenport, a Fordham University professor who directs the school’s peace and justice studies, during a town hall at Lancaster Elementary featuring the GOP presidential candidate.
“Supporting Assad is a mistake. He’s the reason that ISIS exists in the beginning. What are you doing?” asked Davenport, who based his allegation that Cruz supports Assad on the failure of Congress to remove the Syrian leader from power.
“Now, your question begins with a false premise,” Cruz said to Davenport. “You asked me if I’m supporting Assad. I’m not supporting Assad.”
Cruz said President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led the 2011 NATO effort to topple Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, claiming the intervention created a vacuum that allowed the rise of radical Islamic terrorists. He suggested the same thing would happen in Syria if the U.S. ousted Assad.
Davenport passionately explained that Assad had killed 200,000 innocent Syrians. We have heard these claims before. Saddam throwing babies out of incubators, Putin “kills” journalists, Iran is going to nuke Isreal so we have to attack them, Russia invaded Crimea, Weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
University professor John Davenport is not going to sign up and be on the front lines of any wars. He wants your children to fight a foreign war based on his emotions. He has created a narrative in his mind and feels bad, as we all do, about the situation in Syria. Making up figures like “Assad has killed 200,000 innocent Syrians” to add fuel to an already horrifying conflict is evil. The American people are sick of war.
“We will not have a debate, Sir. I will answer it, but I will not have a yelling match,” Cruz said forcefully, as Davenport again tried to get a word in. “Alright, this answer is over,” Cruz shouted as the crowd erupted in applause.