Cruz Says He’s ‘Troubled’ By Trump Asking For Pledges At His Rallies

AP

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said in an interview aired Sunday that he was “troubled” by the pledges Donald Trump asks his audience members to give at his campaign rallies.

“I’m troubled by the rallies that Donald holds, where he asks all the people there to raise their hand and pledge their support to him,” Cruz said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “This is America. We don’t pledge allegiance to a man. We pledge allegiance to a flag. We pledge our support for the Constitution. But that is something that you see kings and queens doing of their subjects. And all of this is part and parcel of the same thing.”

Trump typically asks his audience members to raise his right hands and promise to vote for him. The former head of the Anti-Defamation League, Abe Foxman, called the request a“fascist gesture.”

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