Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGermany calls on Congress not to sanction Nord Stream 2 pipeline: report Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' Biden administration resists tougher Russia sanctions in Congress MORE (R-Texas) is criticizing President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden celebrates start of Hanukkah The massive messaging miscues of all the president's men (and women) 'Car guy' Biden puts his spin on the presidency MORE for his comments about a mass shooting at a community college in Oregon that left 9 dead.
“Unfortunately that is the approach with President Obama on every issue, is that he seeks to tear us apart, he seeks to politicize it and it’s worth remembering he is ideological and he’s a radical,” Cruz said on "The Mark Levin Show," as first reported by Buzzfeed News.
“You know, as his former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel said, ‘you never let a good crisis go to waste,’ and that is sadly his approach.”
The GOP presidential hopeful said the president is using the shooting as a political ploy to take guns away from Americans.
“We ought to do everything we can, for example, to be prosecuting the felons and fugitives who are trying to illegally buy guns,” Cruz said. “The Obama administration doesn’t do that. Instead, they try to use these tragedies as an excuse to come after the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.
“It’s unconstitutional, it’s cynical, and it’s wrong,” he added.
A 26-year-old male stormed Umpqua Community College and opened fire on students on Thursday, killing 9 and injuring seven. The shooter was killed in a gunfight with police.
Hours after the shooting, the president expressed his frustration that Congress has failed to act on gun control in remarks at the White House.
Obama said the shooting is “something we should politicize” to enact more stringent gun laws.
“This is a political choice that we make, to allow this to happen every few months in America," he said. “We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction.”