Rep. Dan Crenshaw appeared on Fox News on Wednesday and slammed his political opponents for using a ‘dishonest, cynical tactic” to question his patriotism.
The Texas Republican spoke out on “Fox News @ Night” a day after New York Times op-ed contributor Wajahat Ali posted a tweet accusing him of not supporting the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. Crenshaw had fired back to devastating effect on Twitter, but apparently he wasn’t satisfied.
Asked about Ali’s tweet by anchor Shannon Bream, Crenshaw rejected the claim that “patriotism is tied to some legislation” as a “pretty inexcusable thing to say.”
He also called out Ali for exploiting a national tragedy, saying: “You’re gonna stand on the graves of 9/11 victims and claim that I am not a patriot, that I have not defended this country against the perpetrators of 9/11, that I have not defended this country in order to prevent another 9/11 from happening. That’s a really inexcusable accusation from the get-go.”
Crenshaw let Bream bring up his record of “multiple combat tours of duty” as a Navy SEAL, during which he lost his right eye to an IED explosion while fighting terrorists in Afghanistan.
“Right, right,” he agreed, before returning to partisan warfare.
Dan Crenshaw knows patriotism
Crenshaw noted that the attacks on his patriotism started with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In April, the New York Democrat joined Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, in questioned his standing to talk about Sept. 11 because he “refused” to sponsor legislation extending the fund established for first responders to the attacks.
“[Ocasio-Cortez] was the first to try to use this really, really dishonest, cynical tactic,” Crenshaw said. “They’re gonna look through thousands of bills that are out there. They’re gonna find which ones have not been co-sponsored by certain members, and then they’re gonna claim that you don’t support it because you haven’t had the chance to co-sponsor it yet? That’s absurd.”
Crenshaw explained that he had to read the “multi-billion-dollar bill” before he could support it, which he eventually did.
Bream recalled that after Crenshaw informed Ali he was a cosponsor of the legislation – sending him an X-ray of his shredded eye for emphasis – the journalist had deleted his tweet and apologized for the error. However, Ali also suggested that Crenshaw follow suit by apologizing for his comments about Omar.
Crenshaw told Bream that Ali’s tweet was “at best, a half apology with a snarky little snipe at me in the end.”
“Again, defending the indefensible comments by Ilhan Omar regarding 9/11, which is where all of this materialized,” Crenshaw added. “It’s actually really sad because they have succeeded in politicizing 9/11, they’ve succeeded in politicizing this bill for the victim compensation fund and frankly it’s shameful, it’s absolutely shameful.”
Dan Crenshaw knows Fox News
After Crenshaw’s appearance aired, The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra tallied the Republican’s takedowns in a tweet.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX):
-Slams NYT writer Wajahat Ali’s bogus attacks
-Calls out Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her “dishonest, cynical tactics”
-Slams Ilhan Omar for her remarks trivializing 9/11
-Slams the far-left for politicizing 9/11 and Victim Compensation Fund bill pic.twitter.com/rc0cXuAnsU
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 13, 2019
As Saavedra noted, Crenshaw went on in the interview to take the news media to task for its sensational reporting on the Trump administration’s plan to send detained migrant children to a military based.
The performance was just the latest in a long series of effective media battles by Crenshaw. Since joining Congress this year, Crenshaw proven himself as a deadly culture warrior, able to at least hold his own on TV and online against the class of young Democratic women he was sworn-in alongside.