“Come and take it” is a phrase that dates back to King Leonidas I, who infamously dared the Persian army to take his army’s . The phrase has come to symbolize defiance when a person is facing tremendous struggles, especially against the government itself.
“Come and take it” in popularity in the current political climate, especially amongst those who believe the government has become too omnipotent. While it’s always been a popular slogan for Texans, the phrase has recently been used by anti-abortion advocates, religious advocates, and 2A champions.
Ted Cruz’s popularity amongst conservatives may position him for a Presidential run in 2024.