Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, reacted to Russian President Vladamir Putin's New York Times op-ed published Thursday cautioning Americans against believing in American exceptionalism.

Cruz explained Thursday night on Fox News that perhaps Putin was right to be afraid of Americans standing up for their beliefs.

"Autocrats have reason to fear when Americans focus on our principles and focus on exceptionalism --- because it's been American exceptionalism that stood up to the Nazis and stopped the murder from the Nazis, and it was American exceptionalism that stood up to the Soviet Union and freed hundreds of millions from behind the Iron Curtain," Cruz said during an interview with Sean Hannity. "So Putin is right to be concerned about American exceptionalism."