The party's idol, Ronald Reagan, went to Mississippi and spoke of "states' rights" and his devotion to restoring them. States' rights "justified" segregation, Jim Crow and all their unconstitutional depravity. He opposed the Fair Housing Act, the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act and Congress overrode his veto of the anti-apartheid bill. His "welfare queen" speech about a black woman bilking the government out of $150,000 even as defense contractors were bilking it out of hundreds of millions of dollars was clearly racist. President Reagan's son Ron later said he believes his father, "was vulnerable to the ideas that poor people were somehow poor because it was their fault."