DALLAS (UKTN) – US Senator Ted Cruz told UKTN 11 on Friday that law enforcement officials in Uvalde failed to tell him and other Texas leaders the truth about how they responded to the deadly mass shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers.
“They didn’t tell us the truth the day after the shooting,” Cruz said. “In fact, almost everything they described turned out to be fake.”
When asked if the law enforcement officers lied to him, Cruz said, “I was sitting at the table with Greg Abbott and John Cornyn and everything they said about that day turned out to be false.”
Senator Cruz made his comments during an interview while attending the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.
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There were 376 law enforcement officers who responded at Robb Elementary School, but they waited more than an hour before chasing down and killing the gunman.
The US Department of Justice is among those investigating the response.
Cruz said: “It is completely unacceptable. There is no good explanation for law enforcement.”
Since the shooting on May 24, families of the victims in Uvalde have demanded the full truth come out.
When asked what he would do to ensure that happens, Cruz said, “I continue to push for fair and objective investigations at the state and federal levels, both underway. It’s important to look back and learn from the mistakes of law enforcement action in Uvalde.”
Cruz addressed conservatives at CPAC, urging them to vote in November.
“If you look at what’s happening to Washington, everything is going wrong,” Cruz said. “We’ve got inflation out of control; everything is going through the roof.”
Earlier this week, voters in Kansas, a Republican state, rejected a measure that would have removed abortion protections from the state’s constitution.
The vote took place more than a month after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
On August 25, the new law in Texas that bans most abortions goes into effect.
There are exceptions to save the mother’s life.
Jasmine Crockett, the Democratic nominee to succeed Congressman Eddie Bernice Johnson in the 30th congressional district, said at a news conference Friday that she hopes the Kansas vote will reverberate in Texas in November.
“I hope Texas does exactly the same and surprises the world with pushing back against our governor because our governor was one of the leaders,” Crockett said. “Listen, I believe what’s going to happen in November. I think we’re going to see not just a red wave, but a tidal wave.”
He cited the economy and the situation on the southern border as reasons for Republicans to take three congressional seats in the Rio Grande Valley.
Dallas-area Democrats held a news conference Friday morning where they said extremism is on display at CPAC.
Democrats condemned Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, whom they call authoritarian and who recently complained that Europe was becoming “mixed race”.
Congressman Colin Allred, D-Richardson said at the press conference, “I condemn his presence in Dallas. I condemn his presence to the United States and try to spread his authoritarian ideology in this country.”
State Representative Rhetta Bowers, D-Garland said, “Republicans are carrying out one of the most grotesque displays of far-right ideology we’ve ever seen in Texas.”
When asked if there were extremist stances at CPAC, Senator Cruz said: “Joe Biden’s top priority is to pass Bernie Sanders’ socialist budget. Look at the Democratic party. Democrats always said they were for border security. limits.”
In addition to Cruz,addressed the conference, including Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Former President Donald Trump will be the main attraction Saturday afternoon when he addresses the thousands of conservatives.