- The Washington Times - Monday, January 4, 2016

GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz said Monday that the armed anti-government group that took over a national wildlife refuge in Oregon should stand down.

“Every one of us has a constitutional right to protest, to speak our minds,” Mr. Cruz said in Iowa, according to NBC News. “But we don’t have a constitutional right to use force and violence and to threaten force and violence against others.”

“So, it is our hope that the protesters there will stand down peaceably, that there will not be a violent confrontation,” the Texas Republican said.

Armed protesters, including family members of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who has built a reputation for his anti-government stance, have taken over part of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to take a stand against the federal government’s control of the land and as part of a protest against ranchers that have been sentenced to prison for committing arson on federal land.

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