Ted Cruz’s plan to “patrol” Muslim neighborhoods is as half-baked as any idea I’ve heard from the candidates this term, and believe me, there have been plenty of half-baked ideas. First question: What is a Muslim neighborhood? There are Muslims in my neighborhood. Maybe I should expect to see “Cruz Cruisers” inching down the street at dusk. Did the San Bernardino shooters live in a Muslim neighborhood? Did the Boston bombers live in a Muslim neighborhood? Did the Chattanooga shooter live in a Muslim neighborhood? The answer to those questions is “no”. But, Cruz doesn’t really intend to patrol Muslim neighborhoods. He just wants to stir up fear, the theory being terrified Americans will vote for him. Of course, the terrified Americans may be afraid to leave the house on election day.
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