During a rally Thursday protesting the Iran deal not including the release of four imprisoned Americans, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was met with boisterous protests from the anti-war group Code Pink. Instead of ignoring the protesters, he debated them.
After noting the approval of the deal through the U.N. Security Council, Code Pink cofounder Medea Benjamin asked Cruz why he though he knew better than the countries that approved the deal, arguing that he was pushing the country closer to war. Cruz responded, charging that the Ayatollah Khamenei has admitted that the country is producing nuclear weapons.
Cruz went on: “You did not respond to the irrefutable point that this deal would send over $100 billion dollars to Iran and those billions of dollars will be used to murder Americans by jihadists.” Pointing to the protestors signs that read “Peace with Iran,” the Texas senator retorted that the Islamic regime does not reciprocate those views.
The 2016 Republican Presidential candidate added that in the midst the negotiation, the Ayatollah Khamenei was leading Iranians in chanting “death to America.”