Texas Sen. Ted Cruz doesn’t seem to understand that former Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and now U.S. attorney general was, in fact, deemed too racist to be a federal judge nearly 30 years ago.
Or maybe he just doesn’t care.
During an interview on Fox News, Cruz railed against Democrats for opposing Sessions’ appointment as the new attorney general, going as far as to call the Democratic Party “the party of the Ku Klux Klan.”
“When the left doesn’t have any other arguments, they go and just accuse everyone of being a racist. It’s an ugly, ugly part of the modern Democratic Party,” he said on “America’s Newsroom.”
“You look at the most racist, you look at the Dixiecrats, they were Democrats who imposed segregation, imposed Jim Crow laws, who founded the Klan,” Cruz said. “The Klan was founded by a great many Democrats.”
While the Democratic Party indeed has some historical links with the white supremacist hate group, Cruz’s claim that the “modern Democratic Party” founded the Klan is absurd and thoroughly misleading.
In 2013, Virginia state Sen. Stephen Martin made the same allegations as Cruz. However, Politifact debunked that theory with the help of historians.
"To say that the Ku Klux Klan was started by the Democratic Party — it’s not the Democratic party of today," J. Michael Martinez, the author of a 2007 book "Carpetbaggers, Calvary and the KKK," told Politifact. "(From the) 1930s until today, you think of the Democratic Party being considered the party of the disenfranchised."
Also, Cruz blatantly ignored the fact that former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke endorsed the Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, during last year’s elections. He even rejoiced over Trump’s victory in November.
So, it’s not exactly the modern Democratic Party that’s inspiring a new generation of white supremacists.
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