Texas Senator Ted Cruz stated Monday that the “overwhelming majority of violent criminals are Democrats.”

Speaking to the recent shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic during an appearance on “The Hugh Hewitt Show,” the presidential candidate accused the Democrat party of being “soft on crime” within its ranks.

“Here is the simple and undeniable fact – the overwhelming majority of violent criminals are Democrats,” he said. “There is a reason why for years the Democrats have been viewed as soft on crime. They go in and appoint to the bench judges who release violent criminals.”

“They go in and fight to give the right to vote to convicted felons. Why?”

Cruz continued by accusing the media of covering up the connection between the left and crime statistics, also noting the push to point the finger at Republicans following any violent incident.

“The Democrats know that convicted felons tend to vote Democrat,” the senator said. “The media never reports on any of that. It doesn’t want to admit any of that.”

“Every time you have some sort of violent crime or mass killing you can almost see the media salivating, hoping, hoping desperately that the murderer happens to be a Republican so that they can use it to try and paint their political enemies,” he said.

Cruz asserted such actions were both an attempt to paint the pro-life movement as violent and a clear display of media bias.

“You can see that every time there’s a terrible crime they’re so excited – ‘come on, please be a Republican so we can try and paint the other side,’” he added. “It is one of the more egregious examples of media bias and something we see over and over again.”

“I would note that this whole episode has really displayed the ugly underbelly of the media.”

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