"It's FALSE," Cruz said on Twitter Friday.
"Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Confederate General and a delegate to the Democratic Convention of 1868. He was also a slave trader and the first great magician of KKK." he added. "Tennessee should not have an official day (tomorrow) in his honor, change the law."
It's wrong. Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Confederate General and delegate to the Democratic Convention of 1868. He was also a slave trader and the first great magician of KKK. Tennessee should not have an official day (tomorrow) in his honor. Change the law. https://t.co/XBgoRCBoI0
– Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 12, 2019
The governor of Tennessee is increasingly subject to state law that pays tribute to Forrest.
Lee signed last week a proclamation for July 13 entitled "Nathan Bedford Forrest Day". The proclamation was in accordance with previously signed state law, according to Nashville Fox 17.
The Tennessee Legislative Librarian, Eddie Weeks, told The Tennessean that Forrest Day has been a holiday in this state since 1921. The same law that spends Saturday the title "Nathan Bedford Forrest Day" also provides for Jan. 19 as "Robert E Lee Day ". and June 3 as "Confederate Decoration Day", according to reports.
"To fulfill our legal obligation, Governor Lee has signed the same proclamation as the one signed in recent years," an assistant governor told Fox 17 last week. "Let's be clear, no new law has been signed, it is a proclamation according to the law in force that the governor must follow."
"We should not pay homage to Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first great magician of Ku Klux Klan and the author of the Fort Pillow Massacre," Rep. Democrat. Steve Cohen Stephen (Steve) Ira CohenGOP Senator presses Facebook and Instagram to denounce bias in content recommendations Pro-dismissive Democrats believe Mueller's testimony could be a "turning point" Democrats seek to ban federal spending in Trump companies MORE (D-Tenn.) Said on Twitter. "Governor Lee should bring
#Tennessee in the 21st century not go back in the 19th ".
We should not honor Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first great wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and the author of the Fort Pillow Massacre. Governor Lee should bring #Tennessee in the 21st century do not go back in the 19th .https: //t.co/w5RC7sHShx
– Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) July 12, 2019
The controversy surrounding the proclamation comes as monuments and observances commemorating the Confederation's leaders are being examined in depth.
Lee had previously stated that he was not supporting the removal of a Forrest bust from the state capital of Tennessee because he did not want to "whitewash" him. history, "noted the Washington Post.