Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate confirms four Biden ambassadors after delay Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Colin Powell's death highlights risks for immunocompromised The Senate confirmation process is broken — Senate Democrats can fix it MORE on Friday broke with Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE over the GOP presidential front-runner's suggestion that a database be set up to track Muslims in the United States.
“I’m a big fan of Donald Trump’s, but I’m not a fan of government registries for American citizens,” the Texas senator and GOP presidential candidate said during a stop in Sioux City, according to Bloomberg Politics.
“The First Amendment protects religious liberty,” Cruz added of his rationale for opposing Trump’s idea.
Trump expressed openness toward registering U.S. Muslims in a database or giving them special identification based on their faith earlier this week.
He also indicated he would consider warrantless searches for increasing surveillance of America’s Muslim community. The business mogul then confirmed Thursday that he would create a Muslim tracking database if elected in 2016.
“I would certainly implement that,” Trump said. “[The database] would stop people from coming here illegally. We have to stop people from coming into our country.”
Cruz has rarely criticized Trump on the presidential trail even though the two are competing for conservative support.
Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) denounced Trump's strategy as too extreme earlier on Friday.
“You talk about internment, you talk about closing mosques, you talk about registering people — that’s just wrong,” Bush said.
“It’s not a question of toughness,” he added. “It’s manipulating people’s angst and their fears. That’s not strength; that’s weakness.”
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, expressed disbelief Friday about Trump’s suggestion.
“This is shocking rhetoric,” she said. “It should be denounced by all seeking to lead this country.”