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September 17, 2018

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) may not actively encourage lawn signs in his campaign to fend off a competitive challenge from Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), but he's found other ways to get the attention of Texas voters in their homes. Like this official-looking letter purporting to be a "summons" from Travis County voting officials, shared by Austin resident Sean Owen.

The Cruz campaign confirmed to Newsweek that it has sent out hundreds of thousands of those mailers, saying the campaign has received only a few complaints from people confused by the letter's provenance. Owen told Newsweek that while he's "used to ignoring junk mail with URGENT or FINAL NOTICE written on it," Cruz's mailer "fooled even me for a moment, as it plainly wants us to think it's from our county government when it isn't. ... It made me mad because my grandmother suffered from some dementia, and could easily have followed the urgent request inside to send money."

The mailer may be dodgy but it doesn't appear to be illegal. "No doubt, the fundraising letter, itself, is effective," the San Antonio Express-News said in an editorial in late May, when Cruz sent out similar mailers. "But certainly his campaign can do that without making it look like a legal threat, right?" Cruz used some questionable mailers in the 2016 Iowa caucuses, too, PolitiFact reminds us. When called out on those letters, Cruz said he "will apologize to no one for using every tool we can to encourage Iowa voters to come out and vote." Peter Weber

May 31, 2018

President Trump announced Thursday he will grant a presidential pardon to Dinesh D'Souza, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is very excited.

Cruz has long been a vocal D'Souza supporter. In 2016, D'Souza's wedding ceremony was conducted by the senator's father, and when D'Souza was indicted for campaign finance violations in 2014, Cruz argued in an interview on CBS the prosecution was originated by the Obama administration as punishment for D'Souza's critical documentary, 2016: Obama's America.

"Let me tell you something that deeply concerns me: It's the abuse of power from this administration," Cruz told host Bob Schieffer. "We've seen multiple filmmakers prosecuted and the government's gone after them," he continued, including "Dinesh D'Souza, who did a very big movie criticizing the president, [and who] is now being prosecuted by this administration. Can you imagine the reaction if the Bush administration had gone and prosecuted Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin, and Sean Penn?"

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz also suggested D'Souza's case "smacks of selective prosecution." D'Souza ultimately pleaded guilty to charges that he made $20,000 in illegal contributions to a New York Senate candidate. Bonnie Kristian

December 3, 2015

Despite admitting that "details of what happened at San Bernardino are still unclear," Texas Sen. Ted Cruz went ahead and suggested Wednesday that the mass shooting in California could be tied to "radical Islamic terrorism."

"All of us are deeply concerned that this is yet another manifestation of terrorism, radical Islamic terrorism here at home," the Republican presidential candidate said at at the Republican Jewish Coalition's candidate forum Thursday.

Cruz noted that the shooting took place just weeks after the terrorist attacks in Paris. "[T]his horrific murder underscores that we are at a time of war," Cruz said. "Whether or not the current administration realizes it or is willing to acknowledge it, our enemies are at war with us."

Authorities have not ruled out terrorism in the shooting at Inland Regional Center that left 14 dead and 17 injured, but a motive for the killing, believed to have been carried out by Syed Farook, 28, and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 27, remains unknown.

Watch Cruz's speech below. Becca Stanek

December 1, 2015

In a Monday interview with conservative radio show host Hugh Hewitt, Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz doubled down on his claims that Planned Parenthood shooting suspect Robert Dear is not part of the anti-abortion movement. "Now, listen, here's the simple and undeniable fact: the overwhelming majority of violent criminals are Democrats. The media doesn't report that," Cruz said, after agreeing with Hewitt that he had never met a "single pro-life activist who is in favor of violence of any sort."

"And I would note that this whole episode has really displayed the ugly underbelly of the media," Cruz continued. "You know, every time you have some sort of violent crime or mass killing, you can almost see the media salivating hoping, hoping desperately that the murderer happens to be a Republican so they can use it to try to paint their political enemies." At a Sunday campaign stop, Cruz said Dear might be "a transgendered leftist activist."

A request by Politico for the senator's "source of information on the political affiliations of criminals" was not returned. Becca Stanek

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