Ted Cruz Faces Twitter Backlash After Call for Muslim Surveillance

PHOTO: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) addresses the bombings in Brussels during remarks on March 22, 2016 in Washington.PlayWin McNamee/Getty Images
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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s call for patrolling Muslim neighborhoods in the wake of the Brussels terror attacks has sparked a backlash on Twitter.

The trending hashtag #MyMuslimNeighborhood calls out the latest controversial remarks made by the Republican presidential hopeful with messages ranging from the humorous to heartfelt. Most users called for unity to dispel Muslim stereotypes.

“In #MyMuslimNeighborhood, we stand side-by-side against bigotry, hate and intolerance,” one user tweeted.

Another simply seemed to want to have Cruz over for pizza.

“Salaam, good evening! I cordially invite you to share a wonderful vegetarian pizza in #MyMuslimNeighborhood.”

Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton condemned Cruz’s comments during a rally in Seattle Tuesday as “dangerous” and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton has also slammed the remarks.

During a press conference with Argentine President Mauricio Macri, President Obama said Cruz’s comments don’t align with American values.

“One of the great strengths of the U.S. and why we haven’t seen more attacks in U.S. is we have an extraordinarily successful patriotic, integrated Muslim-American community,” he said. “The notion that we would start down that slippery slope makes absolutely no sense, it’s contrary to who we are and it’s not going to help us defeat ISIL.”

In #MyMuslimNeighborhood, we march together for peace & love. pic.twitter.com/wXtQVNX6Ed

— Susanna Williams (@SusannaDW) March 23, 2016

.@tedcruz Salaam/Good evening!Icordially invite you to share a wonderful vegetarian pizza in #MyMuslimNeighborhood. pic.twitter.com/Kqw1MIeO4A

— Rim-Sarah Alouane(@RimSarah) March 23, 2016

@timbrauhn...& their food is great, yes?

— Anna Kohlman(@Annacreampuff) March 23, 2016

In #MyMuslimNeighborhood we have a hard time taking a decent family photo where everyone is looking at the camera pic.twitter.com/LIiKW0eaYA

— SuehailaAmen (@SuehailaAmen) March 23, 2016