Arizona Senate Candidate J.D. Hayworth: US Never Declared War On Germany
John McCain’s Republican challenger for the US Senate from Arizona, former Congressman J.D. Hayworth, was asked at a GOP event in Phoenix about America not declaring war in modern-day conflicts.
“But I would also point out, that if we want to be sticklers, the war that Dwight Eisenhower led in Europe against the Third Reich was never declared by the United States Congress,” said Hayworth. “Recall, the Congress passed a war resolution against Japan. Germany declared war on us two days later. We never formally declared war on Hitler’s Germany, and yet we fought the war.”
Hayworth’s questioner pressed that it was his belief that we did declare war on Germany in WWII. Hayworth’s reply:
“I think we should check it. Perhaps we made the rationalization — since there was the Axis alliance — that the attack of Japan was tantamount to the attack of the Third Reich. But as I recall in my history, Germany declared war on the United States, not vice-versa.”
In fact, the United states did declare war on Germany. The timeline goes as follows: Japan attacked the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The United States declared war against Japan the next day, December 8, 1941. Then on December 11, 1941, Germany declared war against the United States — to which the United States immediately reciprocated by declaring war against Germany that same day.
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