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Ted Cruz Tells Trayvonís Mother Why Stand Your Ground Laws Canít Possibly Be ĎRacistí
Ted Cruz via YouTube ^ | Oct 29, 2013 | Ted Cruz

Posted on 10/29/2013 2:03:18 PM PDT by SoConPubbie

10/29/13 - Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in early 2012, appeared on Capitol Hill Tuesday for a hearing regarding the controversial "Stand Your Ground" laws. When it came time for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to speak at the hearing, he informed the still-grieving mother that Stand Your Ground laws actually benefit African-Americans as much as, if not more than, they do whites.

Cruz began by offering his condolences for Fulton's loss, but quickly moved on to defend the trial by jury process that found Zimmerman not guilty of murder. He also noted, correctly, that the "subject of this hearing, the Stand Your Ground laws, was not a defense that Mr. Zimmerman raised. So this entire hearing--the topic of this hearing--is not the issue on which that trial turned." Though Zimmerman's defense team did not end up using Stand Your Ground, it did come out during the trial that Zimmerman was likely aware of the law's protections when he shot Martin.

"We know that some in our political process have a desire to exploit that tragic, violent incident for agendas that have nothing to do with that young man who lost his life," Cruz continued. "We have seen efforts to undermine the verdict of the jury and, more broadly, to inflame racial tensions that I think are sad and irresponsible."

Then, Cruz got to one of his primary points, which concerned that effect of Stand Your Ground laws on African-American communities. He rejected the notion, put forward earlier in the hearing that "no one could reasonably believe that Stand Your Ground laws protect those in the African-American communities who are victims of violent crimes." He found that idea particularly remarkable since "a great many African-Americans find themselves victims of violent crime and have asserted this defense to defend themselves, defend their families, defend their children."

Cruz also cited the fact that "in 2004 a state senator in Illinois by the name of Barack Obama co-sponsored an expansion of Illinois' law providing civil immunity for those who use justifiable force to defend themselves" as evidence that similar laws could not possibly be racially biased. "The notion that stand your ground laws are some form of veiled racism may be a convenient political attack," he said, "but it is not borne out by the facts remotely."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: banglist; cruz; exploitation; georgezimmerman; tedcruz; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
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1 posted on 10/29/2013 2:03:18 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; pgkdan; gruffwolf; Katarina; sjneuf; Graewoulf; lonevoice; americas.best.days...; ...

Ted Cruz Ping!

If you want on/off this ping list, please let me know.

Please beware, this is a high-volume ping list!


2 posted on 10/29/2013 2:04:03 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie
St. Trayyyyyyyyyyyyvon's sainted mom sez: when white people defend themselves, it is RAAAAAAACIST.

Seriously, this is the level of rhetoric that the World's Greatest Deliberative Body has fallen to?

Alas, how the mighty have fallen...

3 posted on 10/29/2013 2:05:29 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: SoConPubbie

I am physically cringing at the media beatdown he is gonna receive after this goes public. Even this guys mortal enemies cannot possibly deny his courage and conviction in the face of public scrutiny at this point.


4 posted on 10/29/2013 2:05:56 PM PDT by freedom462
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To: SoConPubbie

Cruz, you get my vote for next President. I don’t care if your father is from Cuba, He’s more of a patriot than any GOP or Dem Senator I’ve seen. I think its because he lived under a tyrant and socialism that he is the patriot he is today.


5 posted on 10/29/2013 2:06:52 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: SoConPubbie

Exploitation of tragedy to promote racial resentment and a political party’s agenda (Democrat). That’s what I see here and thank you Ted Cruz for speaking truth to the situation.

I wonder if Rick Scott could make that kind of a speech in Florida in such a circumstance??????

I don’t think so.


6 posted on 10/29/2013 2:07:46 PM PDT by Nextrush (BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN)
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To: SoConPubbie

Media’s going to eviscerate Cruz over this, despite the fact that he was an angel to this grieving woman.

While Mrs. Fulton is wrong on the SYG issue, she has to take a good look around and see how many Democrat politicians exploited Trayvon’s death for political gain.

Zimmerman did not use SYG in his defense, and the fact that they’re making Fulton a “face” in this debate is clear politicization on the Demoncat’s part.


7 posted on 10/29/2013 2:08:24 PM PDT by CountryClassSF
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To: SoConPubbie
On the list please.

Wonder is Ms. Fulton is capable of understanding what the senator said. I doubt it.

8 posted on 10/29/2013 2:08:52 PM PDT by defconw
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To: freedom462

They will find something to take out of context


9 posted on 10/29/2013 2:08:57 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: CountryClassSF

and why is the federal Congress holding such a hearing anyway?


10 posted on 10/29/2013 2:10:17 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: SoConPubbie

Somebody starts needing to tell these people they are full of crap. Good going, Cruz.


11 posted on 10/29/2013 2:10:20 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: SoConPubbie
Though Zimmerman's defense team did not end up using Stand Your Ground, it did come out during the trial that Zimmerman was likely aware of the law's protections when he shot Martin.

Was he aware that double parking is a violation in most cities? It doesn't matter what laws he was aware of the only thing that matters is whether or not he was justified in using deadly force in self defense. He was.

Was he aware that Skittles are commonly used to make Purple Drank?

12 posted on 10/29/2013 2:11:06 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: SoConPubbie
TRAYVON'S DEATH HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH SYG LAW. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE OPTICS THEY ARE TRYING TO PLAY!!
13 posted on 10/29/2013 2:11:50 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: GeronL

Dems need to continue to turnout minority voters in the midterms, so the Trayvon Martin case is a convenient prop for them to continue to stoke anger and race bait.


14 posted on 10/29/2013 2:12:11 PM PDT by CountryClassSF
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To: SoConPubbie

Thumpin’ administered by Ted Cruz!


15 posted on 10/29/2013 2:13:01 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie ( "I was all for Obamacare, until I found out I was paying for it." - California Girl)
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To: SoConPubbie

16 posted on 10/29/2013 2:13:05 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoConPubbie

We are all Africans.


17 posted on 10/29/2013 2:13:49 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: SoConPubbie

It is kind of hard to run away when some little SOB is on top of you bashing your head into a concrete curb.


18 posted on 10/29/2013 2:14:41 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: SoConPubbie

TrayvonMommy is going to be the next negro senator.

Bet on it.


19 posted on 10/29/2013 2:15:07 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: SoConPubbie
Did Trayvon’s mom point out her absence in her child's life as part of the reason he was getting in trouble with the burglary tool, drugs and fight club or was that kind of off topic as far as she was concerned as well?
20 posted on 10/29/2013 2:16:24 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: defconw

Done!


21 posted on 10/29/2013 2:16:51 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

The man has the guts to TELL THE TRUTH. A quality lacking in so many we send to DC.


22 posted on 10/29/2013 2:19:18 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: CountryClassSF

She’s not grieving.

She’s celebrating her opportunity and new career path.


23 posted on 10/29/2013 2:19:35 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: freedom462

Any LSM spin first has to mention Cruz’ name (increase his name-recognition). Then his comments can be shrieked about on the RAT networks, more name recognition.

It wasn’t JUST conservatives buying all the weapons we’ve bought since the coronation. Media’s going to have a hard time turning this against Cruz in people’s heads who are not committed RATS... in their best interest not to report it at all.


24 posted on 10/29/2013 2:21:47 PM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: SoConPubbie

Cruz deconstructs lunacy with laudable intellect.


25 posted on 10/29/2013 2:28:47 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: SoConPubbie
LOL

It sounds like Ted Cruz just made Sybrina's S*** List big time.

26 posted on 10/29/2013 2:30:15 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Hardraade

“TrayvonMommy is going to be the next negro senator.

Bet on it.”

How much do you want to lose?


27 posted on 10/29/2013 2:31:08 PM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - Because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Ted Cruz is my hero. I was proud to vote for him as my Senator and will support him in any future election.


28 posted on 10/29/2013 2:40:25 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: SoConPubbie

I watched it.

Damn he’s good.


29 posted on 10/29/2013 2:44:13 PM PDT by zipper ("The Second Amendment IS my carry permit!" -- Ted Nugent)
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To: SoConPubbie

Cruz did a fine job with his remarks. An irony to me about the entire Travon/Zimmerman incident is that the first time I ever heard of neighborhood watch activity was a TV news story about how black residents had organized a neighborhood watch to try and reduce crime in their neighborhood in Cleveland or Cincinnati, or some mid-western city.

None of the cheap political points some are trying to score are in any way supported by the evidence of that case.


30 posted on 10/29/2013 2:44:22 PM PDT by Will88
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To: SoConPubbie

Stand Your Ground for Blacks.

http://www.msnbc.com/melissa-harris-perry/marissa-alexander-gets-20-year-sentence


31 posted on 10/29/2013 2:54:05 PM PDT by GOYAKLA (Waiting for the Golden Screw to be removed from Obama's navel and his a$$ falls off!)
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To: GeronL

Because the demosocialist party wants a federal law to ban SYG nationally and trump state law. Shouldn’t hold up even if they legislate it. The’re after any infringement of gun rights they can get. mCane is probably all set to “compromise” We only lose with compromises, we lose some of our rights the left wins part of our rights, the only thing they “lose” is not getting all they wanted at one time.


32 posted on 10/29/2013 3:03:55 PM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: CountryClassSF

The first thing I thought of when I heard about this hearing was that SYG had nothing to do with the Zimmerman case. My mind goes straight to the basic facts of the matter and I’m extremely glad there’s one politician who looks at things the same way. But for him to take it to the next step and explain how SYG helps black people too, impresses me even more. The guy is as brilliant and clear-minded as it gets. My only question is who he should pick as V.P. I’m thinking Scott Walker, since Walker is another no-nonsense guy (too no-nonsense to be at the top of the ticket though), and he can bring some more executive experience to running the White House.


33 posted on 10/29/2013 3:06:46 PM PDT by JediJones (The #1 Must-see Filibuster of the Year: TEXAS TED AND THE CONSERVATIVE CRUZ-ADE)
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To: SoConPubbie

And Ted stands up for us Little Guys once again...


34 posted on 10/29/2013 3:06:51 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: CountryClassSF; SoConPubbie
Let's not forget that behind this blatant politicaliztion of Trayvon’s death stand the deeper fight against gun rights. This is only a foot in the door.
35 posted on 10/29/2013 3:11:41 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: SoConPubbie

bttt


36 posted on 10/29/2013 3:12:07 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Sybrina Fulton: The Cindy Sheehan de jour for the left.

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37 posted on 10/29/2013 3:12:41 PM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: freedom462

fearless
tireless
smarter than everyone


38 posted on 10/29/2013 3:27:35 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: SoConPubbie
In 2004 Obama backed legislation to protect self defenders from civil liability.

Boy-O-boy, are the left going bonkers right now over Obama being on the wrong side.
Bah, who am I kidding.

39 posted on 10/29/2013 3:37:07 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: SoConPubbie

Ted Cruz is the real deal, more so than anyone I have seen.


40 posted on 10/29/2013 3:37:32 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: JediJones
The VP will be the President of the Senate. So, in consideration of Reid's insanity,
that somebody should be capable of pushing Reid over the edge, and into permanent bonkers.
41 posted on 10/29/2013 3:42:04 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: SoConPubbie

God I love this man. Go CRUZZZZ!!!


42 posted on 10/29/2013 3:46:22 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: ConservativeDude
fearless

tireless

smarter than everyone

No kidding.

Ted Cruz could donate a testicle to every Republican senator, and two for Mitch, and still have more cojones than the rest of the caucus combined.

Ted Cruz had more vigor after twenty hours of filibuster than Mitch and the rest of the White Flag Fellows do before their first fainting spell of the day.

Ted Cruz has more brains than... well, he's really effin' smart.

43 posted on 10/29/2013 3:46:57 PM PDT by boomstick (One of the fingers on the button will be German.)
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To: GOYAKLA
This case has been discussed ad naseum here. Leaving the room and going out into the garage,where your vehicle is (and sufficient means to leave) and retrieving a gun, walking back to the scene of the argument and recklessly firing a "warning shot".....is not stand your ground.

Nice try though.

44 posted on 10/29/2013 4:03:10 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: GOYAKLA

Everyone except black pundits seem to know that firing a warning shot is illegal.


45 posted on 10/29/2013 4:06:42 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: defconw
Wonder is Ms. Fulton is capable of understanding what the senator said. I doubt it.

If his audience was limited to Ms. Fulton it would be like teaching a pig to sing... waste of time and annoying to the pig. Fortunately, I think the intended audience was a bit broader.

46 posted on 10/29/2013 4:14:21 PM PDT by LambSlave
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To: jsanders2001

I don’t care where his father is from, Senator Cruz has the courage and genius of our American Founders and I want my America back!


47 posted on 10/29/2013 4:17:37 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Repeat Offender

“Nice try though.”
I was not saying either way . It comes down to she was tried and convicted and “they” are still hashing the same old Bull5hit!
Trayvon’ absentee mom will continue to exploit her son’s death. The sad part is she will never admit that she could have prevented it from ever coming to that moment.
She herself will probably die a very bitter old woman.
As a 78 year old Miamian, with 4 members of my family in law enforcement, I full well know the laws pertaining to defending oneself., and have twice done so.
Never spent a minute in jail.
Mellisa will spend her term in jail!


48 posted on 10/29/2013 4:29:20 PM PDT by GOYAKLA (Waiting for the Golden Screw to be removed from Obama's navel and his a$$ falls off!)
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To: freedom462

Why are you cringing? Everything he said was true and he said it in a very respectful way, without the stemwinding bloviations of other senators when they answer questions or give statements. Conservatives need to stop cringing when they know they’re right. We must always be ready to speak the truth, no matter what it costs.


49 posted on 10/29/2013 4:36:16 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: rabidralph

Problem is, being right is never enough. That is why Obama won twice and his groupies control the Senate and came scarily close to taking the House in the first place.


50 posted on 10/29/2013 4:40:12 PM PDT by freedom462
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