Fact Check: Ted Cruz Says Beto O’Rourke Described Police As ‘Modern-Day Jim Crow’

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Alexandra HartOctober 3, 2018 9:53 am| ,

In a debate and, most recently, in a television ad, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said his Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke described police officers as “modern-day Jim Crow.” Is that a fact?

Gardner Selby of the PolitiFact Texas fact-checking team has the answer.

Here was the exchange in the debate at Southern Methodist University in September:

Cruz: “And just this week, Congressman O’Rourke described law enforcement, described police officers, as modern-day Jim Crow.”

O’Rourke: “What Sen. Cruz said is simply untrue. I did not call police officers modern-day Jim Crow.”

Hear how Cruz’s claim scored in the player above.