During a Friday morning speech Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, responded to hecklers by declaring they were hired by President Barack Obama, who he believes will “start quartering soldiers in peoples’ homes soon.”
“You look at our Constitution, you look at our Bill of Rights, this is an administration that seems bound and determined to violate every single one of our Bill or Rights,” Cruz said.
“Tyranny!” a male heckler shouted from the audience.
“I don’t know that they’ve yet violated the Third Amendment, but I expect them to start quartering soldiers in people’s homes soon,” Cruz added. “But if you look at the bill of rights, if you look at the First Amendment, this is an administration that has told servicemen and women that they cannot share their faith or risk discipline.”
“Tyranny!” the hecklers shouted again. “That’s tyranny.”
Cruz accused hecklers of being employees of Organizing For America.
“Is anybody left at OFA headquarters? I’m actually glad that the president’s whole political staff is here instead of actually doing mischief in the country," he said.
He later told the audience: “It would seem that President Obama’s paid political operatives are out in force. The men and women in this room scare the living daylights out of them.”
“How scared is the President? What a statement of fear, what a statement of fear,” he noted. “Oh, they don’t want the truth to be heard. They definitely don’t want the truth to be heard.”
He went on to joke that he’s meeting with the president today and might never be heard from again.
“So this afternoon President Obama has invited the Senate Republicans to the White House,” he said. “So after leaving here, I’m going to be going to the White House. I will make a request. if I’m never seen again, please send a search and rescue team. I very much hope by tomorrow morning I don’t wake up amidst the Syrian rebels.”
Tony Perkins, the leader of Family Research Council, which sponsored the summit said Cruz was “a de facto leader of the Republican Party” who was “filling a vacuum” at the top of the GOP.