Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSasse statement: Trump nominee who spread conspiracy theories has a ‘tinfoil hat’ Coalition of 44 groups calls for passage of drug pricing bill For the sake of our democracy, politicians must stop bickering MORE (R-Texas) slammed Democrats on Wednesday for their opposition to Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Grassley to Sessions: Policy for employees does not comply with the law New immigration policy leaves asylum seekers in the lurch 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 WarrenGovernment watchdog finds safety gaps in assisted living homes David Crosby: Shared dislike for Trump could reunite Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Dem senators tell Trump he doesn’t have ‘legal authority’ to launch preemptive strike on North Korea 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.
 
 
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."