When a Texas senator publicly says we need 100 racists in the United States Senate, that will catch my attention real quick. And that’s exactly what Ted Cruz said while speaking at the Heritage Foundation.
During his speech, Cruz recalled — and bragged — about how the first political donation in his life was sent to the late Jesse Helms. He then seemingly took a “stroll down memory lane,” fondly recalling the late senator’s antics and what he perceived as people “beating up on him” when he was alive.
He then recalled a story about how he heard John Wayne had donated to Helms’ campaign, and the senator had gone out of his way to contact Wayne to thank him for his donation. According to Cruz, John Wayne said to Helms, “Oh yeah, you’re that guy saying all those crazy things. We need 100 more like you.”
A statement Cruz agreed with, saying, “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.”
So, according to Ted Cruz, we need 100 more like Jesse Helms in the United States Senate.
Well, let me just tell you a little bit about the late Senator Jesse Helms. This was a man who:
- 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 in the Congress.”
- Used a filibuster to try to prevent a federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- Almost always voted against any legislation that promoted civil rights.
- Frequently tried to block the appointment of African American judges.
- Supported the apartheid regime in South Africa.
Oh, and beyond race, we can’t forget his disdain for homosexuals and absolute ignorance about the AIDS virus. In fact, in 1988 he declared, “There is not one single case of AIDS in this country that cannot be traced in origin to sodomy.”
This is the type of man Ted Cruz said our entire Senate should be comprised of.
Basically, Ted Cruz feels our entire Senate should be made up of 100 openly racist individuals who vehemently oppose civil rights and view African Americans as second-class citizens.
So wait, is Cruz saying that he shouldn’t be in the U.S. Senate, or is he saying that he’s a blatant racist who opposes civil rights and views African Americans as lesser humans?
Because he’s currently a United States Senator. So either he feels he needs to be replaced, or he’s implying that he’s built in the same mold as Jesse Helms—an overt racist.
Then again, the current Republican party is built on racism — as evidenced by the “Southern strategy” they implemented in the 50’s and 60’s, which targeted racist whites as a means to combat the Democrats and their push for civil rights.
What Cruz proved once again with his ridiculous comments is that his ignorance knows no bounds. In his short time in the Senate, Cruz has proven repeatedly that he’s either completely ignorant, borderline insane or clueless about history and government—or all three.
I’m going to go with all three.
These latest comments proclaiming that our Senate should be built entirely of individuals like the late Jesse Helms show his total disconnect with reality.
And while I’m sure Cruz can hand pick a few instances of good Helms did in his life, those acts don’t trump the overwhelming racist behavior the late senator showed throughout his life and career in the Senate.
Racism that Ted Cruz apparently believes we need more of.
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