Ted Cruz’s outrage at being compared to Nazis backfires as old speech resurfaces

Ellie Abraham@ellieabraham
Monday 11 January 2021 16:45
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Texas senator Ted Cruz’s attempts to slam president-elect Joe Biden for comparing right-wing tactics to Nazi propaganda have fallen flat after a keen-eyed Twitter user found an example of Cruz doing the same thing.

In comments made on Friday, Cruz was accused by Biden of helping Trump spread the “big lie” of wide-spread election fraud. This lie, which Cruz actively promoted, ultimately led to the violent riots on Capitol Hill.

A ‘big lie’ is technique used by Nazi propagandists to diseminate false information by consistently using a lie so unbelievable, it is ultimately believed because it is deemed too ludicrous to be made up.

Cruz is also one of a handful of GOP members attempting to block Biden’s certification as president, as he continues to spread disinformation about election fraud.

Though Biden never used the words Nazi, Hilter, or any related terms to describe Cruz’s actions, the senator is clearly offended as he took to Twitter to express his anger at Biden who likened his actions to propagandists.

He wrote: 

“Really sad. At a time of deep national division, President-elect Biden’s choice to call his political opponents literal Nazis does nothing to bring us together or promote healing.  

This kind of vicious partisan rhetoric only tears our country apart.”

Responding to the tweet, New York Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez laid out the consequences of Cruz and other GOP members making supporters believe election fraud really took place.

Cruz’s faux outrage and any moral high ground gained was short-lived as NPR host Peter Sagal found an example of Cruz using explicit Nazi comparisons in the name of politics.

Writing that it took him “fifteen seconds” to find it, Sagal posted a screenshot of an article from 2013 in which Cruz claimed a policy-approval was appeasing Nazis.

In his speech at the time he said:

"Neville Chamberlain told the British people: ‘Accept the Nazis. Yes, they will dominate the continent of Europe, but that is not our problem. Let's appease them. Why? Because it can't be done. We cannot possibly stand against them.’

Twitter users were unsurprised by Cruz’s hypocrisy.

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