Cruz: We Need 100 More Jesse Helms’

Sen. Ted Cruz continues to show just how far out on the extreme right-wing fringe he is by declaring that what the Senate really needs is 100 more members just like Jesse Helms, one of the most malevolent and bigoted people ever to serve in either house of Congress.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Wednesday that the country would be better off if the Senate was full of people like Jesse Helms, the late senator who was ardently opposed to all kinds of civil rights measures and even tried to block the Senate from approving a federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

During remarks at a Heritage Foundation event dubbed the “Jesse Helms Lecture Series,” Cruz told a story of Helms receiving a $5,000 political donation from actor John Wayne, who apparently later told Helms he liked him because “you’re that guy saying all those crazy things” and that there needed to be 100 more of him.

“It’s every bit as true now as it was then,” Cruz said. “We need 100 more like Jesse Helms in the U.S. Senate.”

Yeah, that’s exactly what we need, 100 more people who says it’s okay to let people with AIDS die because there “is not one single case of AIDS in this country that cannot be traced in origin to sodomy.” We need 100 more people so far to the right that they would vote against both the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act. Hey Bill Hicks, what did you think of Jesse Helms?


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  • raven

    We know an out racist can get elected senator from Texas.

    Ted Cruz just did.

    Oddly enough, Texas is a majority nonwhite state. Must have a low voter turnout or something.

  • raven

    On the Records: Texas 1 of 5 “Minority-Majority” States | The Texas …


    May 17, 2012 – … percent of Texas’ 2011 population was of a race other than non-Hispanic white, making it one of five “minority-majority” states in the nation.

    US Census Shows White Majority In U.S. Gone By 2043

    www. clutchmagonline. com/…/us-census-shows-white-majority-in-u-s-go…‎

    Jun 13, 2013 – You see, in 2043, the U.S. Census projects that white people will no … Okla.; Texas, Okla.; Bell, Texas; Hockley, Texas; and Terrell, Texas. … But as various reports state, the only way to sustain a minority-majority future, is by …

    Texas is one of 5 majority nonwhite states. The USA is projected to go that way in 2043.

    I can’t see that being a racist Tea Party/GOP is a long term viable strategy. But regardless, lots of them keep getting elected and being an open racist seems to be getting more common.

  • blf

    Assuming Cruz remains a senator, and his wet dream come true and 100 more bigoted clones are elected, than the Senate will consist of 101 senators. What’s the extra half-State and when did they join the union?

  • david

    “We need 100 more people so far to the right that they would vote against both the Voting Rights Act…

    Actually we only need 95 more. We already have 5, on the supreme court.

  • You’re forgetting the size of the Asshole Lobby, which represents a good 27% of the population. Yes, it’s a minority, but voter suppression, gerrymandering, and the justice system can take most of the edge off of that. Say, effectively 41%. And, hey, they just need 41 seats in the Senate to make everything stop.

    david “We already have 5, on the supreme court.”

    They didn’t vote against it. They voted against it being effective. That’s totally different.

  • dogmeat

    Texas is a perfect example of voter suppression and gerrymandering. When you look at the population of the Democratic districts you see that they’ve simply squashed all of the potential Democratic voters into as few districts as possible while creating, at this time and for the near future at least, effectively guaranteed Republican districts. That’s why they’re pushing so many laws to try to make it as difficult as possible for minority voters to get to the polls. The only way they can maintain their balance is to offset the demographic reality of their state by denying the right to vote to as many people as possible. If I remember correctly, last year the Texan case regarding voter ID, etc., would have disenfranchised an estimated 800,000 votes to “solve” the “problem” of an alleged 50 cases of potential voter fraud over the previous decade. Add in the realities of mid-term elections and gimmicks in state and local races and they should be able to maintain their majorities for another decade or so. As that time approaches though, expect them to get even more insane as the writing on the wall begins to show through the WHITEwash.

  • F [is for failure to emerge]

    Why? So we can use them as pins in a ten lane bowling alley?

  • felidae

    So, is Calgary Ted leading the GOP outreach program to Blacks and Hispanics–good luck with that. I don’t know what it is about Texas voters that they elect people like Cruz, Gohmert, Tom Delay, Rick Perry, John Cornyn. I think if Texas were to secede, it would raise the average IQ of the country by a significant amount

  • Larry

    Would they be dead, too? If so, consider me a fan!

  • A Hundred Jesse Helmses sounds like a bad Gremlins sequel. They multiply when you give $5000 donations to them, and buttsecks after midnight causes them to rampage out of control. But thankfully, they can be destroyed by exposure to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

  • Childermass

    Tobacco companies would certainly love having 100 Jesse Helms in the Senate.

    /There is much more to dislike about Jesse Helms than his bigotry.