Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday lashed out at Democrats as "the party of the Ku Klux Klan."
In an interview on Fox News, hours before Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General, the Texas Republican said Coretta Scott King's 1986 accusation that the Alabama senator had tried to keep blacks from voting was a smear, referring to the letter Sen. Elizabeth Warren read on the Senate floor that led to a vote to silence her.
"It’s one of the crutches — when the left doesn’t have any other arguments, they go and just accuse everyone of being a racist," Cruz said.
"The Democrats are the party of the Ku Klux Klan. 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."
"Now, the Democrats accuse anyone they disagree with of being a racist. That was a false smear of Jeff Sessions and I think he will make an extraordinary attorney general," he said.
Cruz also blasted Democratic senators for the slow pace of confirmations, saying they are "angry and they're out of their minds… objecting to every single thing – they're boycotting committee meetings, they're refusing to show up. They're just foaming at the mouth practically."
"And really you know where their anger is directed, it's not at Republicans — their anger is directed at the American people."
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