Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBiden-Abrams ticket would be a genius media move Families of Kenyan victims seek compensation for Ethiopian Airlines crash 737 crisis tests Boeing's clout in Washington MORE (R-Texas) slammed Democrats on Wednesday for their opposition to Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump O'Rourke on impeachment: 2020 vote may be best way to 'resolve' Trump 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 WarrenBannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Trump has lost support from male voters since shutdown, analysis shows Rock the Vote President calls for dismantling of electoral college 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 McConnellRock the Vote President says Dem reform bill 'shines a light' on dark money The Hill's Morning Report - Trump's intraparty feuds divide Republicans Trump's attacks on McCain exacerbate tensions with Senate GOP 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."