Barack Obama has faced mounting criticism from those who see his response to global terror as insufficient – especially after Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris. Furthermore, the administration’s plan to introduce tens of thousands of potentially dangerous Syrian refugees into the U.S. over the next several years has faced backlash in light of a Syrian passport found near one of the suicide bombers behind last week’s massacre.
Adding fuel to the fire, Obama has brazenly refused to revisit the issue, even going so far as to ridicule those who are concerned for America’s safety.
In response to those comments, Ted Cruz told reporters this week that he is tired of being labeled “offensive” and “un-American” for holding an opinion contrary to the Obama administration. He continued:
I think that’s really quite rich that he chose to … make both of those insults on foreign soil while he was abroad attacking me and attacking everyone else in this country who believes we should not be bringing in tens of thousands of Syrian Muslim refugees that the Obama administration cannot vet to determine whether or not they are ISIS terrorists.
His denunciation was followed by a call for Obama to actually defend his position.
“Come back and insult me to my face,” Cruz continued, issuing his challenge to Obama:
Let’s have a debate on Syrian refugees right now. We can do it anywhere you want. I’d prefer in the United States and not overseas where you’re making the insults. It’s easy to toss a cheap insult when no one can respond.