Media Blasts Ted Cruz’s Suggestion to Monitor Muslim Neighborhoods Following the Brussels Attacks

American Muslims in the U.S. don’t live in enclaves like some do in Europe; plus, the idea is unconstitutional and xenophobic, critics say.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks during a campaign stop March 24, 2016, in Dane, Wis.
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks during a campaign stop March 24, 2016, in Dane, Wis. Scott Olson/Getty Images

‘You Don’t Even Know How Many Muslims Are in America’

Media, experts, and civil rights groups are all criticizing Ted Cruz’s call to ‘patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods’ in the wake of terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium, seemingly inspired by ISIS,” Nick Fernandez wrote Wednesday for Media Matters for America. “The plan has been called ‘counterproductive and unconstitutional’ and ‘the exact opposite of what we need to do.'”

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the multipronged attack Tuesday on the Belgian capital’s airport and subway system that left 31 people dead and an estimated 270 wounded, according to the Associated Press. Three suicide bombers also died.

On “CBS This Morning,” the hosts “pressed Cruz on how he thinks it would logistically work to patrol 3 million American Muslims, who are not, as Cruz suggested, ‘ghetto-ized’ in festering radical communities,” Bethania Palma Markus reported for Raw Story.

“Cruz admitted, when asked by co-host Norah O’Donnell that he didn’t know how many Muslims lived in the United States.

“ ‘So you’re saying that law enforcement should surveil a number of Muslims and you don’t even know how many Muslims are in America,’ she said.

“She pointed out that [New York police Chief William] Bratton had explained the United States isn’t like Europe and doesn’t have the kinds of ‘Muslim neighborhoods’ that Cruz is talking about. Cruz was also pressed about whether his anti-Muslim rhetoric bolsters terrorists.

“ ‘There are so many people that say that your comments are decidedly anti-Muslim, and that you’re playing right into the hands of ISIS,’ co-host Gayle King said. ‘You’re giving them ammunition to come after us, to really take action against us.’

“Cruz didn’t answer the question, and instead launched into a tirade against ‘political correctness.’ . . .”

[Media Matters for America reported Thursday that former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani told “Fox and Friends” host Steve Doocy that “some” Muslim neighborhoods should be patrolled. “They shouldn’t patrol every Muslim neighborhood,” Giuliani said.