Cruz suggests Colorado shooter is a 'transgendered leftist'
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzMcSally, staff asked to break up maskless photo op inside Capitol Capitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview Republican senators urge Trump to label West Bank goods as 'Made in Israel' MORE (R-Texas) on Sunday refused to tie the fatal shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado to the pro-life movement and suggested the alleged gunman is a “transgendered leftist activist.” 

At a campaign event in Newton, Iowa, the Republican presidential candidate condemned the Friday shooting in Colorado Springs that left three people dead as tragic, but said that there’s still little evidence about the motivations of alleged shooter Robert Dear. 

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“I think there’s been some vicious rhetoric on the left blaming those who are pro-life,” Cruz said according to audio from The Texas Tribune. 

"It’s also been reported that he was registered as an independent and a woman and a transgendered leftist activist. If that’s what he is, I don’t think it’s fair to blame the rhetoric on the left. This is a murderer," Cruz continued.

“The media promptly wants to blame him on the pro-life movement when at this point. There’s very little evidence to indicate that,” Cruz added, referring to a conservative blog that says Dear’s voter registration listed him as a female and independent voter. 

A Cruz campaign spokesperson backed the Texas senator’s claims: “His reference to that news story was to make the point that we don’t know all the details,” a Cruz campaign spokesperson told BuzzFeed News

When asked by a reporter if Cruz would label the shooting as domestic terrorism, Cruz called it a “multiple murder of what appears to be a deranged individual.”

“We’ll find more about the facts of it, but I don’t think we should jump to conclusions until we know actually the facts of this individual,” Cruz added.