Ted Cruz: 'Majority of Violent Criminals Are Democrats'

Cruz made the remarks in an interview.

The Texas lawmaker was asked about the shooting, which left three dead, during a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt Monday.

During the interview, Cruz said he believes Democrats are soft on crime because “an overwhelming majority of violent criminals are Democrats.”

“Now listen, here’s the simple and undeniable fact. The overwhelming majority of violent criminals are Democrats. The media doesn’t report that. What they report, and there’s a reason why the Democrats for years have been viewed as soft on crime, because they go in and they appoint to the bench judges who release violent criminals,” Cruz added.

A press secretary for the Texas senator said Cruz wasn’t saying all Democrats are felons and was offering the comments in the context of the Colorado Springs shooting.

Police have not released a motive in Colorado Springs case.

A rep for the Cruz campaign said the senator was referencing a paper titled “Do Voting Rights Notification Laws Increase Ex-Felon Turnout?”

When ABC News asked Cruz about his remarks today, he said he was “engaging in a process that is called "reasonable inference.”

"An inference is actually rational reasoning, which people do all the time,” he said.

Cruz claimed that elected officials appoint "senior Justice Department officials" and lawyers who "lionize" and "glorify" cop killers.

"When elected Democrats push to give felons the right to vote, it is a perfectly rational and reasonable inference to say those Democrats understand that the overwhelming majority of violent criminals vote Democratic," he said.

Cruz also told Hewitt the Colorado Springs shooting was “fundamentally wrong” and the work of a “deranged, homicidal killer.”