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Ted Cruz says accusing police of systemic racism is inaccurate and harmful

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) disagreed that there’s systemic racism in policing during Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

“I think some of the rhetoric that has been used in the wake of Mr. Floyd’s killing has been inaccurate and harmful,” Cruz said. “A great many of our colleagues use the phrase systemic racism to suggest that the entire criminal justice system is imbued with racism. I don’t believe that’s accurate.”

Cruz called out his colleague New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (D) who claimed that nothing had changed in his lifetime to address the killing of unarmed black people by law enforcement.

“That proposition is demonstrably false,” Cruz said, pointing to the end of Jim Crow laws, and segregated schools. “A great deal has changed since then. Our country has made a journey.”

The Texas senator went on to ridicule Democrats by pointing out that all of the state, local and federal elected officials in Minneapolis, where Floyd died, are Democrats.

“I don’t for a moment believe that every one of those elected officials is part of systemic racism and oppression,” Cruz said.

California Sen. Kamala Harris (D) fired back at Cruz saying his speech was a simplistic attack that insults the intelligence of the American people. She took issue with Cruz assuming that Democrats are calling all people racists because they acknowledge historical racism.

“When we say that America has a history of systemic racism, we mean that from slavery, Jim Crow laws, lynchings and policing, our institutions have done violence to black Americans,” Harris said. “And it has caused black Americans to be treated as less than human.”

Both Booker and Harris have been working closely with House Democrats to pass a similar police reform package in the Senate.

Later in the day, Cruz spoke on the Senate floor. He joined other senators in reading Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail.

“This is a time when our country is divided on racial lines in a way it hasn’t been in a long long time,” said Cruz. “And this is a time where we need to hear a call to unity. A call to unity and a call to justice. Dr. King’s call was powerful for both.”

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10 Comments

  1. Greta June 17, 2020

    If there were across the board racist people Kamala, Booker, Maxine, West, Rice, Powel, Obama, Holder, and many other blacks would not, although distinguished, have been able to hold their positions as there are more whites than blacks! Whites could have filled those jobs!

  2. Ron gaydosh June 17, 2020

    Ted Cruse needs to get some nads and call a spade. Fact is, the Democrats are trying their best to start a race wat! They don’t know how close that is. I think that the Democratic party should defunded and banned from anymore elections. Start a new party! They cooked their own goose!

  3. Gregory J Stynsberg June 17, 2020

    I would love to step up to Ted Cruz and shake his hand and thank him for speaking the truth so positively and forcefully! We need a couple hundred more of our “leaders” to figure out the TRUTH and stop with their systemic lying!

  4. rocky June 17, 2020

    It was said by liberals after 9-11 that they are blaming all of the Muslims for the actions of a few. Now they are blaming all cops for the action of a few!!

  5. russell d remmert June 17, 2020

    Democrat cities are the ones having problems, they are the problem

  6. Lucile Duckworth June 17, 2020

    I have to agree with Harris, and Booker, if you are use to living inside a true Black Communities, as in growing up in those cultures there is know way you can play on words of Doctor Martin Luther King Jr! It is a very bad problem with Polices, in Black Communities. Because they get use too seeing people daily, than one day they always find something that ‘ they can use against the people’s even if its one person at a time…Blacks should be in the Black Community as as they are trained too treat their people’s right! They use too do that’ Why ? Did they take them out of there own community?

  7. Don June 18, 2020

    But, Ted, fake or not it’s one of the few whining points they have left except for other lies they make up.

  8. Anonymous June 18, 2020

    And just WTF is ‘Systemic Racism’ anyway?! This whole thing Stimks of the Swamp dwellers’ and their criminal minions.

  9. texaslady June 18, 2020

    AMERICANS WE HAVE TO TAKE BACK OUR AMERICA FROM THE EVIL CRIMINAL ACTS OF DEMOCRATS………………………..TO SOLVE AMERICAS PROBLEMS MAKE THIS CHOICE WE THE PEOPLE’ HAVE THE POWER OF OUR VOICES AND OUR VOTES, TO VOTE OUT THE ENTIRE LYING,CORRUPT, TREASONOUS DEMOCRAT PARTY COME NOV 2020, VOTE TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN AND TO END ALL CORRUPTIONS IN WASHINGTON GOVERNMENT
    “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

  10. Amy Davis June 18, 2020

    Why do we allow the screaming corrupt voices of the few to overpower the rational comments of the many that this country’s race relations were continually improving until we erroneously elected a black president who shoved the greatly improved conditions back at least two generations? I worked in Johnson’s poverty program when I was still young, and we were making steady (though slow) progress in understanding each other. Perhaps we should round up the troublemakers and put them ALL on a slow boat to China where they can learn the real meaning of discrimination and hardship.

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