Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) on Wednesday blasted Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzBrietbart CEO reveals that Trump donors are part owners At CPAC, Trump lashes out at media Conquering Trump returns to conservative summit MORE (R-Texas) for suggesting police target surveillance on America’s Muslim communities.
“It’s bad policing,” he told host Chris Hayes on MSNBC’s “All In." "It doesn’t help us get safer. It does undermine the rights of U.S. citizens and residents.
Ellison, who practices Islam, said his experiences living in Minnesota’s Muslim neighborhoods disprove Cruz’s suggestion they may hide future jihadists.
“I’m from Minnesota [and] I’m a few blocks away from where he might be talking about in terms of Muslim neighborhoods,” he said of Cruz, a GOP presidential candidate.
“I can tell you, this neighborhood is full of excellent, hard-working and patriotic people who love this country and make it better all the time. I’m offended for them, I’m offended with them.”
Ellison additionally accused Cruz and Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump's first dinner out in DC: His own hotel Social media users respond to Trump's decision to skip White House correspondents' dinner Colbert: Trump's position on nukes 'like the Cold War all over again' MORE of using Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels for scoring political points.
“I am so broken-hearted for the people of Brussels,” said Ellison, who has endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHow Perez edged Ellison for DNC chair Clinton: Dems will be 'strong, unified' with Perez Sanders to Perez: 'The same-old, same-old is not working' MORE (I-Vt.) in his Democratic presidential bid. "My sympathies go out to them. It is incredibly sad that their tragedy ends up being a political football in the United States.
“People like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump try to exploit this for electoral gains. The fact is that what both Ted Cruz and Donald Trump have said is reprehensible, unconstitutional, counterproductive, wrong and bad policing, as [New York Police Department Commissioner] Bill Bratton has made clear.”
At least 31 died and more than 200 others were wounded during a string of coordinated attacks across Brussels early Tuesday morning.
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has claimed responsibility, reigniting a national debate on the relationship between law enforcement and Muslim Americans.
Cruz called for police surveillance of Muslim American neighborhoods after the attacks, and Trump reiterated his past calls for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S.