Former Texas political rivals Ted Cruz and Beto O & Rourke found common ground on Friday when they both condemned the long-standing law in Tennessee, with Nathan Bedford Forrest, a dead Confederate Army general and great wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, was celebrated.  Bill Lee, governor of Tennessee, signed a proclamation on Friday calling this Nathan Bedford Forrest Day nationwide. The proclamation marks six days of special observance, which the governor of Tennessee is required by law to sign every year. Other holidays that are protected by the Tennessee State Code include the Confederate Decoration Day, the Robert E. Lee Day, the Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, the Abraham Lincoln Day, and the Andrew Jackson Day.
Cruz expressed his refusal that such a holiday in honor of Forrest should continue to be observed. He tweeted: "This is WRONG." Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Confederate general and a Democratic Convention delegate from 1
A short time later, the Democratic presidential candidate and former rival of the Senate voted for Cruz, Beto O & Rourke. O & Rourke shared Cruz's original tweet and simply said, "I agree. Change the Law. "
Forrest, a General of the Confederation during the Civil War, was a controversial historical figure for a long time. He was credited with ordering the notorious massacre after the Battle of Fort Pillow, during which Confederate soldiers killed Union troops that were mostly black and had already surrendered. After the war, he became known for his leadership in the early days of the Ku Klux Klan and eventually became the organization's first great wizard.
The governor does not have the unilateral power to refuse the holiday, though many demanded that Lee condemn the holiday yesterday by not signing the proclamation. Many Tennesseans have also worked to remove a bust of Forrest from the Capitol.
In response to Friday's response to the proclamation, the governor's office said in a statement, "Governor Lee has signed the same proclamation signed in recent years to fulfill our legal obligation," the representative said. "To be clear, a new law was not signed – it's a proclamation in accordance with the existing law that the governor must follow."