Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Ted Cruz says critical race theory is as racist as 'Klansmen in white sheets' Pentagon pulling 'certain forces and capabilities,' including air defenses, from Middle East MORE (R-Texas) slammed Democrats on Wednesday for their opposition to Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos Garland strikes down Trump-era asylum decisions 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 WarrenThe Memo: The center strikes back Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats have turned solidly against gas tax 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 McConnellPortman: Republicans are 'absolutely' committed to bipartisan infrastructure bill Graham calls voting rights bill 'biggest power grab' in history The wild card that might save Democrats in the midterms 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."