Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) appeared on MSNBC and compared the Tea Party fight against Planned Parenthood to the Republicans’ fight against slavery in the 1800s.

“The last issue that tore us apart like this was slavery,” Franks said. “And it’s the same argument. Those that were for slavery said, ‘Well there’s not really a person here. There’s no person involved here.’ The Supreme Court said the same thing, just like they did in Roe vs. Wade. But there were those who understood that the foundational core principal that made this country what it was is that we believe that all of us are created, and that makes us equal.”

Franks also insisted that the edited videos were true and illustrated what “Planned Parenthood does.” Republicans are a scrambled mess.

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