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?