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Ted Cruz Says Oregon Militia Should Stand Down

The Republican presidential candidate said there's no constitutional right to threaten force and violence.

Posted on January 4, 2016, at 1:27 p.m. ET

Ted Cruz on Monday called for the armed militia men in Oregon who are occupying a federal building to "stand down."

.@tedcruz urges stand down in Oregon by those who have overtaken refuge headquarters

Well, listen, our prayers right now are with everyone involved in what's happening with Oregon, and especially those in law enforcement that are risking their lives.

Every one of us have a constitutional right to protest, to speak our minds. But we don't have a constitutional right to use force and violence and threaten force and violence on others.

And so it is our hope that the protesters there will stand down peaceably, that there will not be a violent confrontation.

A small, armed militia is occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters in rural Oregon as part of a protest against the federal government and the impending imprisonment of two ranchers.

Marco Rubio on Monday also weighed in on the standoff, saying, "You can't be lawless. We live in a republic."