Looking Back at the Time Ted Cruz Said the Senate Should be Filled with 100 Vile, Blatant Racists

Of all the candidates running for president, Sen. Ted Cruz is in the best position as it relates to scrutiny from the media. Ahead of him is Donald Trump, a candidate who dominates the headlines and airwaves on a daily basis; meanwhile, behind him is Sen. Marco Rubio, the candidate whose campaign implosion has been one of the saddest descents from ultimate hope to ultimate nope in recent political history.

Remember just a few weeks ago when Rubio was essentially being christened as the Republican savior and Trump slayer? He was the candidate who was going to have all the big money Republican backers spending hand over fist to help him rise to superstardom and destroy “The Donald.”

Fast forward to present day and he’s in real danger of falling into fourth place behind Gov. John Kasich, while calls for him to drop out are growing louder and louder.


So while the various shenanigans of Trump and Rubio make headlines, Cruz just keeps chugging away almost completely ignored. His ascent to a solid second place standing has literally been months in the making. Though that’s mostly because he’s in the envious position that he’s in. He’s a big enough threat to matter in the presidential race, but still a sizable amount behind a frontrunner, a candidate who overshadows him in just about every way possible.

As I’ve said many times before, Cruz is a far more terrifying presidential candidate than Trump. While Donald Trump’s comments and overall demeanor are atrocious, Ted Cruz is nearly everything bad about Trump – plus he’s a religious fanatic and probably, in my opinion, a sociopath.

Trump has received a lot of flack for playing dumb when he was asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper about David Duke and white supremacist groups, but back in September 2013, Ted Cruz bragged about his first political donation being to the late Sen. Jesse Helms. He also went on to say that the entire U.S. Senate should be comprised of senators just like Helms:

“The willingness to say all those crazy things is a rare, rare characteristic in this town, and you know what? It’s every bit as true now as it was then. We need a hundred more like Jesse Helms in the U.S. Senate.”

For the record, Jesse Helms was one of the most bigoted and racist senators this country has ever had.

Here are a few facts about the late Sen. Jesse Helms. He:

  • Called the University of North Carolina the “University of Negros and Communists.”
  • Said that the Civil Rights Act was “the single most dangerous piece of legislation ever introduced into Congress.”
  • Tried to use a filibuster to block creating a federal holiday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Almost always voted against legislation that promoted civil rights.
  • Often attempted to block appointments of African American judges.
  • Supported apartheid in South Africa.
  • Blamed AIDS on homosexuals and actually pushed to cut funding for AIDS research during the 90’s.

That is the type of person whose values Ted Cruz said should make up the entirety of our United States Senate.

Though most people probably aren’t aware of this because I haven’t seen it mentioned once by anyone who’s interviewed Ted Cruz during his presidential campaign. I damn sure think his fondness for such a vile, racist bigot is something for which he needs to answer.

Because while someone like David Duke is indeed a disgusting bottom-feeder, Jesse Helms wasn’t a whole lot better. The biggest difference is, Duke has advocated for white supremacy mostly as a private citizen, while Helms did so through a lengthy career as a United States Senator. A lengthy, racist bigoted career that Ted Cruz donated money to and values that Cruz apparently think should be represented by every seat in the United States Senate.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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