During a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon, Texas senator Ted Cruz said that people who think his plan to defund Obamacare can't work would have opposed fighting Nazi Germany if they had been alive in the 1940s.
Cruz first argued that skeptics of the defund-or-shutdown plan would have surrendered during the American Revolution and the Civil War.
"I guarantee you all of the pundits that we see going on TV and intoning in deep baritone voices, 'this cannot be done,' if we were back in the 18th century, they would be going on, I don't know, maybe pigeon carriers or something, sending messages written somehow in dark ink, 'This cannot be done. You can't stand up to the British army--can't be done. It's impossible. Accept your subjugation. Accept your taxation without representation,'" Cruz said.
He turned to the Civil War and then to World War II.
"If you go to the 1940s, Nazi Germany," Cruz said. "Look, we saw in Britain, Neville Chamberlain, who told the British people, 'Accept the Nazis. Yes, they'll dominate the continent of Europe but that's not our problem. Let's appease them. Why? Because it can't be done. We can't possibly stand against them.'"
"I suspect those same pundits who say [defunding Obamacare] can't be done, if it had been in the 1940s we would have been listening to them," Cruz continued. "They would have been saying, 'You cannot defeat the Germans.'"