Ted Cruz Hits Back at Congressman Accusing Him of ‘Defending Nazis’

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell hit back at Mr. Swalwell on Monday over Mr. Swalwell’s comment that Mr. Cruz was defending Nazis, following comments from the senator…

Ted Cruz Hits Back at Congressman Accusing Him of ‘Defending Nazis’

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell hit back at Mr. Swalwell on Monday over Mr. Swalwell’s comment that Mr. Cruz was defending Nazis, following comments from the senator about a Treasury Department proposal that could have barred Muslims from entering the United States.

“Eric, if you want to, let’s talk about pogroms in Romania or when Russia committed those in Latvia,” Mr. Cruz said during a town hall in New Hampshire, according to CNN. “Let’s not deflect from Nazi violence.”

Mr. Swalwell responded, “Ted, I don’t know why we have to throw pogroms around at each other.”

“They were (Nazis)?!” Mr. Cruz responded. “It’s hard to tell the difference between a Nazi and a fascist.”

“That’s pretty disgusting,” Mr. Swalwell told CNN, who also noted that he believed that Mr. Cruz was comparing Mr. Swalwell to the Nazis and that Mr. Cruz was unprovoked.

Cruz blasts Omar, Swalwell for accusing him of “defending Nazis” @PeterAlexander, on #NewHampshire Town Hall: “They were (Nazis)?! It’s hard to tell the difference between a Nazi and a fascist.” pic.twitter.com/rTHIcNT7c9 — New Day (@NewDay) September 18, 2018

Mr. Cruz continued with his replies.

“Eric, you are not going to shut down our Second Amendment rights,” Mr. Cruz said. “Congressman, you are unhinged.”

“And Ted, we all think your political opportunism is beyond reproach,” Mr. Swalwell said, referring to Mr. Cruz’s attempt to undermine the ongoing Russia probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The comment came after Mr. Cruz had made his own comments Monday about the Treasury Department’s proposal to bar people with ties to countries that have government-sponsored terrorism or known religious extremism from visiting the U.S.

“Congressman, I have consistently made it clear that when someone wants to blow up America and commit terrorism, they’re not welcome,” Mr. Cruz said, according to CNN. “They should be prosecuted, and, in some cases, executed if need be.”

Mr. Swalwell said that people who were afraid of Mr. Cruz “defending Nazis is one of the things that keeps liberals so mad at him.”

“We are the only country on earth that calls for the death penalty for those who commit terror against our people, and he’s joining forces with Republicans who want to punish innocent Muslims,” Mr. Swalwell said, according to CNN.

“You know what? Ted, I think the American people hate people who act like Nazis,” Mr. Swalwell added. “They know you’re not afraid of them. You’re not a hero. I will simply say, with all due respect, you better grow up.”

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