Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzUS-China trade war is just the start of the struggle for global order Dem lawmaker: Migrant family separation policy 'is on all of us' Cruz wins charity basketball challenge against Jimmy Kimmel MORE (R-Texas) slammed Democrats on Wednesday for their opposition to Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsLaura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as 'cruel' and 'immoral' Merkley leads Dem lawmakers to border amid migrant policy outcry DHS secretary defends Trump administration's migrant policies MORE (R-Ala.), President Trump's nominee for attorney general.

"When the left doesn't have any other arguments, they go and just accuse everyone of being a racist, and it's an ugly, ugly part of the modern Democratic Party," Cruz said during an interview on Fox News.

"Listen, the Democrats are the party of the Ku Klux Klan. You look at the most racists, you look at ... the Dixiecrats, they were Democrats who imposed segregation, imposed Jim Crow laws," he added.

Cruz criticized Democrats for raising allegations of racism against Sessions over comments he made decades ago.

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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump to nominate budget official as next consumer bureau chief Sessions floats federal law that would protect states that decriminalize marijuana Bank regulator faces backlash over comments on racism MORE (D-Mass.) on Tuesday evening was barred from speaking on the Senate floor after she quoted a 1986 speech from the Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) calling Sessions a "disgrace" to the Justice Department.
 
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCongress had a good couple of weeks — now let's keep it going McCarthy: 'The Mueller investigation has got to stop' McConnell: Mueller 'ought to wrap it up' MORE (R-Ky.) said Warren's blistering comments on Sessions broke Senate rules, pointing to Warren quoting a letter from the late Coretta Scott King, a civil rights activist and wife of Martin Luther King Jr.
 
In 1986, during Sessions' failed bid for a federal judgeship, King wrote that Sessions “had used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens" as a U.S. attorney in Alabama.
 
“The charges that she was making against Jeff Sessions are demonstrably false. They’re slanderous," Cruz said Wednesday. "Jeff Sessions is an honorable, decent person."