Ted Cruz called NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton a “political henchman” when confronted with Bratton’s criticism of Cruz’s plan to have police patrol Muslim communities in the United States.

Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday claimed that NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton’s criticism of his proposal that police patrol all Muslim neighborhoods was merely the work of Democratic Mayor Bill DiBlasio’s “henchmen” sent out to attack the GOP presidential candidate.

In the wake of the terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday, Cruz said police in the U.S. should begin patrolling all Muslim neighborhoods, like they would where violent gangs are present.

While Cruz’s idea — which GOP frontrunner Donald Trump supports — was widely panned, Bratton had particularly harsh words for Cruz. “We don’t need a president that doesn’t respect the values that form the foundation of this country,” he said on Tuesday. And during an appearance on CBS This Morning on Wednesday, Bratton continued the assault.

“He doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about,” he said. “I took great offense at that statement. I have almost a thousand Muslim officers in the NYPD, ironically when he’s running around here we probably have a few Muslim officers guarding him.”

When asked about Bratton’s criticism later in the same program, Cruz couldn’t muster any substantive response: “Well listen it’s not surprising that the Democratic political henchmen of Mayor DiBlasio are coming after me and it is on the instructions of Mayor DiBlasio.”

Hillary Clinton called Cruz’s plan “dangerous” and experts say it would not only be unconstitutional, but also ineffective and counterproductive.

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