Does Ted Cruz Actually Engage With His Protestors?

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Alain StephensMarch 16, 2016 9:44 am,

In light of protests in Chicago that led to the cancellation of Donald Trump’s rally in the city, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz suggested that Trump should take a cue from Cruz himself. Cruz, famed for his debating prowess, says he actually engages protestors.

Is that a fact? Gardner Selby of the Politifact Texas fact-checking team has the answer.

Cruz chided protesters for “behaving abusively” and Trump for telling his supporters to punch protesters in the face on NBC’s Meet the Press.

“I think it is important that any political candidate demonstrate respect for the voters. You know, listen, I get protesters at my events. But it’s very different,” Cruz said March 13. “When I have protesters at my events, I endeavor to engage in them with civility and respect. More than once, I’ve actually had a conversation with the protesters on substance.”

Hear how Cruz’s statement scored in the player above.