Former GOP Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentThe biggest political upsets of the decade Ex-GOP lawmaker: Former colleagues privately say they're 'disgusted and exhausted' by Trump Overnight Health Care — Presented by Better Medicare Alliance — Federal judge blocks Trump from detaining migrant children indefinitely | Health officials tie vaping-related illnesses to 'Dank Vapes' brand | Trump to deliver health care speech in Florida MORE (Pa.) is comparing his party’s handling of the government shutdown to an iconic scene in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

Speaking on CNN Tuesday night, Dent, now a CNN contributor, said that Republicans are “losing on this shutdown issue,” and lamented what he called a “crisis in leadership” in the Senate.

“I feel like there’s a ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ moment here,” Dent said. “People pretend they’re winning when they’re having their arms and legs hacked off.”

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Dent, who retired from Congress last year, recalled seeing a similar situation during the 2013 shutdown over the debt ceiling.

“I remember there were members standing up there, 10 days into the shutdown, saying ‘we’re winning,’ ” he said. “And I said, ’They’re like the knight at the bridge, "It’s just a mere flesh wound!" My arm’s been hacked off.’ "

His comments came as President TrumpDonald John TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE gave an Oval Office address in which he continued to push his demand for funding for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

In his prime-time speech, Trump called the situation at the border a “growing humanitarian and security crisis.”

The government shutdown, which was triggered by Trump’s demand for $5 billion wall funding, is now in its 19th day.