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Ted Cruz: ‘Democrats Are The Party Of The Ku Klux Klan’

Democrats have been primarily responsible for promoting racist bigotry in the United States, Sen. Ted Cruz claimed on Wednesday.

The Texas Republican, who sought last year’s Republican presidential nomination, made the allegation on Fox News. “The Democrats are the party of the Ku Klux Klan,” he said. “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. The Klan was founded by a great many Democrats.”

According to MSN, Cruz was responding to Democrats’ criticism of President Trump’s pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions. The conservative Alabama Republican is under fire for his past statements about civil rights.

On Tuesday, during the nominee’s confirmation hearing, the GOP majority on the Judiciary Committee silenced Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren. When the Massachusetts lawmaker began reading an anti-Sessions letter from Coretta Scott King, widow of slain civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., Republicans made her stop by citing an obscure Senate rule forbidding the condemnation of a senator on the floor of the chamber.

MSN pointed out that other Republicans also have attempted to link Democrats to the Ku Klux Klan. Stephen Martin, a state senator in Virginia, claimed in 2013 that the party had founded the white-supremacist organization. PolitiFact reported that Martin later said he “regretted the carelessness and inaccuracy of his comments.”

J. Michael Martinez, who wrote “Carpetbaggers, Cavalry and the KKK,” told PolitiFact that while some Democrats were tied to the hate group in the 19th century, the Republican allegations are inaccurate.

Carole Emberton, a history professor at the University of Buffalo, explained that southern Democratic candidates had the KKK’s support following the Civil War. She said the 1868 Democratic National Convention featured a speech by Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Klan associate. However, Emberton noted that the issue positions of past Republicans and Democrats “are not the party lines of today.” In the 1960s, the Democratic Party backed the civil-rights movement against GOP opposition.

Source: MSN
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