Rep. Ted Poe Quotes Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard on House Floor





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Uploaded on Oct 8, 2007

On May 7, 2007, during a speech on the House floor arguing that the United States needs to immediately authorize funds for the Iraq war, Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX-2) quoted "successful Confederate general" Nathan Bedford Forrest, but omitted that Forrest was one of the original Grand Wizards of the Ku Klux Klan.

Furthermore, it seems that Poe misquoted Forrest.

Transcript: "Mr. Speaker, does anybody realize there's a war going out there in the desert sands of Iraq and the rough mountains of Afghanistan? Apparently not, or Congress would be taking care of our troops. Mr. Speaker, the troops will be out of funds to carry the fight to the enemy by the end of June. So where's the money? Spending money is what Congress does. Why hasn't this body provided the funds for our troops and equipment and for more personnel?

"This is an emergency. Delay will put our troops at risk. We should authorize the funds now. Send equipment now. And, if needed, send more troops. The American people expect our military to do their duty. Well, the American people expect us to do ours as well. Congress needs to quit talking about supporting the troops, and put money where our mouths seem to be. Nathan Bedford Forrest, successful Confederate general, said it best about winning and victory and the means to do so. He said, 'Git thar fustest with the mostest.'

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