Authorities have identified two suspects in the shooting as Syed Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, who were both killed in the aftermath. Farook was an American Muslim; it was unclear whether Malik, who was born in Pakistan, was a U.S. citizen. The Council for American-Islamic Relations held a Wednesday night press conference to condemn the attacks. To date, law enforcement have neither ruled out terrorism nor linked the attack to terrorist groups.
But Cruz is the first Republican presidential candidate to directly suggest that the San Bernardino shootings could be considered "radical Islamic terrorism." That marked a contrast with his reaction to a shooting last week outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo. After it was reported that the suspect, Robert Louis Dear, had said "no more baby parts," Cruz condemned the media for trying "to blame him on the pro-life movement when at this point there's very little evidence to indicate that," and pointed to an Internet rumor that he was a "transgendered leftist activist."