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Maddow Tears Apart Ted Cruz for Praising 'Racist' Jesse Helms

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Senator Ted Cruz raised more than a few eyebrows when he said the U.S. Senate could use "a hundred more like Jesse Helms" because Helms was known for harboring some pretty racist views. Rachel Maddow took the opportunity to remind viewers of those views to show exactly how crazy Cruz's comments really were. Maddow briefly went through the history of African-Americans serving in the U.S. Senate, and recounted the story of how black senator Carol Moseley-Braun was taunted by Helms once in a Senate elevator when he was singing "Dixie," just to try and make her cry. Maddow continued showing viewers exactly just how much Helms exploited racial division in his political career, even to the point where he opposed integration. Which then led, of course, to Maddow showing the clip of Ted Cruz. Maddow could barely contain how unbelievably stunned and just a little pissed off she was at Cruz suggesting that the Senate could use a hundred more people like a man who was whistling Dixie just to make his black colleague cry.