Former Texan political rivals Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke found common ground on Friday when they both condemned the long-standing law in Tennessee celebrating Nathan Bedford Forrest, a dead Confederate Army general and grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a proclamation on Friday that marks this Saturday as Nathan Bedford Forrest Day across the state. The proclamation marks out six days of special observance that the governor of Tennessee is required by law to sign each year. Other holidays protected by Tennessee state code are Confederate Decoration Day, Robert E. Lee Day, Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, Abraham Lincoln Day, and Andrew Jackson Day.
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Cruz expressed his disagreement that such a holiday honoring Forrest should continue to be observed. He tweeted, “This is WRONG. Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Confederate general & a delegate to the 1868 Democratic Convention. He was also a slave trader & the 1st Grand Wizard of the KKK. Tennessee should not have an official day (tomorrow) honoring him. Change the law.”
A short time later, Democratic presidential candidate and former Senate rival to Cruz, Beto O’Rourke, agreed. Sharing Cruz’s original tweet, O’Rourke said simply, “I agree. Change the law.”
I agree. Change the law. https://t.co/qI522NWXee
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) July 13, 2019
This is WRONG. Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Confederate general & a delegate to the 1868 Democratic Convention. He was also a slave trader & the 1st Grand Wizard of the KKK. Tennessee should not have an official day (tomorrow) honoring him. Change the law. https://t.co/XBgoRCBoI0
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 12, 2019
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 13, 2019
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