"This is WRONG," Cruz said on Twitter on Friday.
"Nathan Bedford Forrest is a Confederate general & a delegate for the 1868 Democratic Convention. He is also the first KKK slave trader & Great Witch." he added. "Tennessee should not have an official day (tomorrow) in his honor. Change the law."
This is wrong. Nathan Bedford Forrest is a general Confederation & delegation for the 1868 Democratic Convention. He is also the 1st KKK Great Slave & Witch trader. 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 Tennessee governor faces increased oversight of state law that marks the day to honor Forrest.
Lee last week signed a proclamation for July 13 to be observed as "Nathan Bedford Forrest Day." The proclamation was in accordance with state law signed earlier, according to Fox 17 Nashville.
Tennessee state legislative librarian Eddie Weeks noted to The Tennessean that Forrest Day had been a holiday in the state since 1921. The same law that perpetuated Saturday as "Nathan Bedford Forrest Day" also called for observing January 19 as "Robert E. Lee Day "and June 3 as" Confederate Decoration Day, "according to the report.
"To fulfill our legal obligations, Governor Lee signed the same proclamation that was signed several years ago," an assistant governor told Fox 17 last week. "To be clearer, the new law has not yet been signed – this is a proclamation in accordance with the existing law which must be followed by the governor."
"We should not respect Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and the perpetrator of the massacre on Fort Pillow," Democrat Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenGator senator pressed Instagram, Facebook for alleged bias in the Democratic Pro-impeachment content recommendations said Mueller's testimony could be a 'turning point' & # 39; Democrats are trying to ban federal spending on Trump's business MORE. (D-Tenn.) Says on Twitter. "Governor Lee should bring
#Tennessee into the 21st century did not retreat to the 19th century. "
We should not respect Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and the perpetrator of the massacre on Fort Pillow. Governor Lee should bring #Tennessee into the 21st century don't retreat to 19.https: //t.co/w5RC7sHShx
– Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) July 12, 2019
The controversy over the proclamation came as more investigations around the monument and warnings commemorated the Confederate leaders.
Lee previously said he did not support the removal of the statue of Forrest from the capital of the State of Tennessee because he did not want to "erase history," The Washington Post noted.