Ted Cruz is freaking awesome. At a Gala for Middle Eastern Christians tonight, Ted Cruz, the keynote speaker, was booed after saying “Christians have no greater ally than Israel,” according to the Daily Caller:
Cruz, the keynote speaker at the sold-out D.C. dinner gala for the recently-founded non-profit In Defense of Christians, began by saying that “tonight, we are all united in defense of Christians. Tonight, we are all united in defense of Jews. Tonight, we are all united in defense of people of good faith, who are standing together against those who would persecute and murder those who dare disagree with their religious teachings.”
Cruz was not reading from a teleprompter, nor did he appear to be reading from notes.
“Religious bigotry is a cancer with many manifestations,” he continued. “ISIS, al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Hamas, state sponsors like Syria and Iran, are all engaged in a vicious genocidal campaign to destroy religious minorities in the Middle East. Sometimes we are told not to loop these groups together, that we have to understand their so called nuances and differences. But we shouldn’t try to parse different manifestations of evil that are on a murderous rampage through the region. Hate is hate, and murder is murder. Our purpose here tonight is to highlight a terrible injustice, a humanitarian crisis.”
“Christians have no greater ally than Israel,” he said, at which point members of the crowd began to yell “stop it” and booed him.
You can read more of what Cruz said when the booing started at the Daily Caller.
The booing continued until Toufic Baaklini, president of IDC (In Defense of Christians), came out and tried to quiet down the crowd.
Then the awesome part happens and you need to watch the video to see it:
Boom! That’s what I call a leader.
***UPDATE: This adds some context on who was there at the Gala:
“But some in the crowd were Palestinian Christian supporters of the Syrian government and even the terrorist group Hezbollah.”