WATCH: Ted Cruz grills FBI director over leaked documents listing patriotic symbols as extremist

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On Thursday Ted Cruz grilled FBI Director Christopher Wray over FBI training material that lists patriotic symbols as evidence of violent militia extremism and took particular umbrage at the inclusion of the Gonzales battle flag.

In a clip posted by The Post Millennial, Cruz said, “I will self-report right now that every day in the Senate I wear my boots that have the Gonzalez battle flag on the back of it.”

Cruz said he was “particularly struck,” as a Texan, because the flag is a source of pride for many Texans. The stark black and white iconography depicts a simple cannon with the words come and take it” emblazoned above it.

According to Ammo, the flag was designed in honor of the Texan city of Gonzalez declaring independence from Mexico in 1835. The city was given the cannon by the Mexican government to fight off Comanche raids, but refused to return the weapon after the city decided to separate. When the Mexican government wanted it back, the message the city sent in response was simply, “come and take it.”

Cruz’s questioning of Wray was part of a larger investigation into the origins of a leaked FBI document that listed numerous symbols, historic references, common phrases, and military networks that are historically patriotic as evidence of “Militia Violent Extremists,” or MVE.

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