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After joke about Beto sharing a cell with Hillary, Cruz denounces overheated rhetoric and mail bombs | 2018 Elections

This is a developing story and will be updated. On Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz joked that his opponent, Rep. Beto…

This is a developing story and will be updated.

On Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz joked that his opponent, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, could share a jail cell with Hillary Clinton and spoke darkly of Democratic mobs.

A day later, federal authorities said they had found seven mail bombs sent to the former secretary of state and others, among them former President Barack Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder, billionaire Democratic Donor George Soros and CNN – a network that drew chants of “CNN sucks!” at Cruz’s big rally with President Donald Trump on Monday night.

Stumping in Dallas on Wednesday, Cruz denounced overheated rhetoric and political violence of any kind &#821

1; and lay the bulk of blame on the left for poisoning the nation’s civic discourse. 19659003] “Violence is wrong wherever it falls in the political spectrum. This is a deep polarized and divided time. That division, that anger is not good for our country, and it is my hope that everyone can just – calm down a little bit, “he said after a rally at Gilley’s honky tonk near downtown.

He rejected the idea that he or Trump shares responsibility for stirring passions.

In the 2016 campaign, Trump routinely called for Clinton to be jailed for alleged crimes involving maltreatment or classified emails, and he still encourages chants of “Lock her up!” to rallies.

“Let’s be clear,” Cruz said. “The anger and rage that we’ve been seeing on the far left is deliberately provoked and stoked by Democratic politicians. When Maxine Waters and Corey Booker tell the mob to go harass, scream, yell, confront people – that’s not productive. When Hillary Clinton sadly says that we can be civil after the Democrats have won the election, that’s not productive either. “

He called the mail bombings likely “terrorist acts” and said the bomber should be “put in prison for a very, very long time.”

“Whether it is a bombing attempt or whether it is the crazy gunman who targeted Republican members of Congress and shot and almost killed Steve Scalise, violence is wrong from where it occurs on the political spectrum. “

These comments came after a stupid speech in which Cruz said, among other things, that it’s up to Texas voters to choose between the path of prosperity,” or if we give in to the howling rage and anger a “

The White House rejected the possibility that attacks on liberal politicians and the news network. Trump loves to bash were inspired by his harsh rhetoric, describing Democrats as” evil “and

About 120 people came out to see Cruz at Gilley’s ] “I was a little disappointed,” said Michelle McBride, 51, an administrative assistant. “But it’s in the morning, in the middle of the week.” It’s hard for people, since everyone has a job. “

Said Roger Schlegel, 73, a retired teacher,” I do not know what the crowd size means , but it was energized. We love what Ted Cruz represents. “

The jail quip about O’Rourke came during a campaign stop in Georgetown.

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