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10/14/2015 03:28 pm ET

Ted Cruz: Black Lives Matter 'Literally' Celebrates Dead Cops

"More than one of their protests have embraced rabid rhetoric."
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called the Black Lives Matter movement "disgraceful" this week.
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called the Black Lives Matter movement "disgraceful" this week.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said the Black Lives Matter movement embraces the murder of police officers at a campaign stop in Iowa on Wednesday.

“If you look at the Black Lives Matter movement, one of the most disturbing things is more than one of their protests have embraced rabid rhetoric, rabid anti-police language, literally suggesting and embracing and celebrating the murder of police officers,” Cruz said, according to ThinkProgress. “That is disgraceful.”

Listen to his comments below:

Many in the conservative media have accused Black Lives Matter of inspiring violence against officers, citing a few demonstrations where rhetoric toward law enforcement has gotten extreme.

But leaders of the movement do not support violence toward the police, and there isn't any evidence to support claims that officers are now under increased attack because of Black Lives Matter. In fact, 2015 is on track to be the second-safest year for police ever, after 2013.

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