Rep. Dan Crenshaw on Friday accused liberals and Democrats such as Rep. Ilhan Omar of reflexively reacting to the death of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani by criticizing the United States.
“We’ve got countless people on the left tweeting out apologies and slamming our own government for taking action to kill a man who has killed Americans. And I don’t understand where this American self-loathing came from,” Crenshaw told a “Fox & Friends” panel.
We are outraged the president would assassinate a foreign official, possibly setting off another war without Congressional authorization and has zero plan to deal with the consequences.
But of course you know that. https://t.co/GzfdKilV4t
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 3, 2020
“This happened in Iraq against an enemy that attacked us in Iraq, in which we have plenty of authorization to be operating in,” the Texas Republican added.
Omar said on Friday that she was “outraged” President Donald Trump would “assassinate” Soleimani, who she characterized as a “foreign official.”
Other Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, joined Omar in condemning the air strike that killed Soleimani on Thursday, saying Trump’s decision was reckless and could lead the U.S. to another war in the Middle East.
“President Trump just tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox,” Biden said. His campaign also released a 30-second online ad that portrayed Biden as “tested and trusted around the world” against Trump’s “erratic, unstable” presidency.
“We’re on the brink of yet another war in the Middle East,” said Warren. “We’re not here by accident. We’re here because a reckless president, his allies and his administration have spent years pushing us here.”
Tulsi Gabbard, a House member and Army National Guard veteran of the Iraq war who also has opposed U.S. military interventions, said the strike showed “we need to get out of Iraq and Syria now.”
“That is the only way that we’re going to prevent ourselves from being dragged into this quagmire, deeper and deeper into a war with Iran,” she wrote on Twitter, using the hashtag #WWIII.
Crenshaw noted that the strike which resulted in Soleimani’s death came following Iranian-backed militias’ storming of the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on New Year’s Eve.
“Iran attacked our base recently. Then, they attacked our embassy or they fully supported the Shia militias that did attack our embassy and base,” he said. “Are we supposed to just let that happen? And to say yes would be absurd, and I don’t understand when Americans became so fearful.”
Crenshaw urged Americans to “disabuse ourselves of this notion that we should simply continue to take punches.”
(Reuters contributed to this report.)