This is the moment senator stormed out of an interview after being asked why school mass shootings ‘only happen in America’ during a vigil for victims of the Robb Elementary School massacre.
Republican senator Cruz had joined Texas Governor Greg Abbott to be with hundreds of tearful relatives and friends mourning loved ones killed in the shooting, which is the worst school massacre since Sandy Hook in 2012.
Nineteen children from the same class and two of their teachers at Robb Elementary School, Uvalde, Texas, were murdered on Tuesday by 18-year-old Salvador Ramos using two AR-15-style rifles.Ramos had bought the guns and 375 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition legally a week before, just days after his 18th birthday.
British journalist Mark Stone cornered Cruz at the vigil and asked him whether it was time for gun reform laws in America. When asked why American exceptionalism is ‘so awful’, Cruz said: ‘You know, I’m sorry you think American exceptionalism is awful.You’ve got your political agenda. God love you.’
After repeatedly being told ‘You can’t answer that’ by Stone, Cruz turned and said: ‘Why is it that people come from all over the world to America? Because it’s the freest, most prosperous, safest country on Earth.Stop being a propagandist.’
‘You know, it’s easy to go to politics,’ Cruz told . ‘Inevitably, when some violent psychopath murders people, if you want to stop violent crime, the proposals the Democrats have — none of them would have stopped this.’
He added: ‘There are 19 sets of parents who are never going to get to kiss their child tonight.’
The Texas senator then stormed out of the interview at the vigil being held by relatives and friends of those killed in the massacre on Tuesday.
Texas senator Cruz stormed out of an interview after a British journalist asked why school mass shootings ‘only happen in America’
He was asked the question while he was attending a vigil for optimiztech victims of the Robb Elementary School massacre
Cruz had joined Texas Governor Greg Abbott to be with hundreds of tearful relatives and friends mourning loved ones killed in the shooting
Nineteen children and two of their teachers at Robb Elementary School, Uvalde, Texas, were murdered on Tuesday by 18-year-old Salvador Ramos using two AR-15-style rifles
Mourners gathered on the bleachers and on the dirt of a fairground arena in the small town of Uvalde
A woman cries as she hugs a child, during a community gathering at the Uvalde County Fairplex, following the school mass shooting
The tight-knit Latino community of Uvalde was wracked with grief Wednesday after a teen in body armor marched into the school and killed 19 children and two teachers
Around 15,000 people live in the town of Uvalde, which is 50 miles from the international border with Mexico
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