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Cruz On Chattanooga Terror Attack: ‘This Is A Time Of Crisis In America’ [AUDIO]

Al Weaver Reporter

In the wake of the terror attack which killed four Marines in Chattanooga, TN, Sen. Ted Cruz told “The Hugh Hewitt Show” Friday that America is in “a time of crisis.”

The Texas senator blasted President Barack Obama for calling the shooter, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a “lone gunman,” adding that the president needs to call the threat what it is: “Radical Islamic terrorism.”

“This is a time of crisis in America,” Cruz told the host. “And all of us, our prayers are with the families of those four Marines who were shot by a radical Islamic terrorist yesterday. We need to acknowledge the threat that we’re facing, and we need a commander-in-chief who will lead — who will stop trying to make deals with radical Islamic terrorists like the Ayatollah Khamenei and Iran, but instead will acknowledge what we’re facing.”

“It was really a shame to see the president refer to this terrorist as a ‘lone gunman,’ misunderstands the nature of the enemy,” Cruz said. “And in today’s world, through social media, ISIS and al-Qaeda and al-Shabaab and radical Islamic terrorism throughout the world is all interwoven and interlinked. But we will not defeat radical Islamic terrorism so long as the President of the United States refuses to even utter those words.”

Cruz had previously called the attack “an act of war” in a statement released immediately following the attack, adding that Abdulazeez was there “to carry out Jihad.”