Neil Bush: Cruz Isn't Singling Out Muslims, "He's Also Talking About Extremists In The Christian Faith"


Neil Bush appeared on CNN Wednesday morning following Jeb Bush's endorsement of presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz. Neil is the brother of Jeb and former President George W. Bush. He is also part of Cruz's finance team.

Bush was asked to respond to Cruz's plan to surveil Muslim Americans after the Brussels attacks. "We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized," Cruz said Tuesday.

Bush said Cruz is not racially profiling and told CNN they should get the candidate on to clarify his remarks. However, Bush said he would "presume [Cruz] is also talking about extremists in the Christian faith."

"I think it might be helpful for him to clarify and to say, look, we're not racially profiling," Bush said. "He wants non-radical Muslims to participate as well. If you ask him, get him on your show and ask him yourself, but I would presume he's also talking about extremists from the Christian faith and other faiths."

"We need to be diligent in our neighborhoods, in America to keep an eye out for wherever there might be some kind of a terrorist cell that is festering that could potentially blowup," Bush also said.

"So I don't think Ted is singling out the Muslim population in the way the good police chief [NYPD's Bill Bratton] suggested. I think he's looking at a very practical suggestion, that we need to be more diligent in our country. What happens over in Europe is likely to happen here. And we just need to be aware of it. We need to view ISIS as an enemy. We need to call it like it is," Bush added.

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