Remember when Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) was the darling of the conservative movement not all that long ago? It seems like forever ago now that Crenshaw would say something profoundly conservative almost on a daily basis that would garner articles across the conservative media spectrum. Now, Crenshaw looks to have become what he seemingly used to rail against — establishment Republicans that get nothing done except keep themselves in office.
Crenshaw came under fire for comments made during the hilarious holdout that frustrated establishment Republicans, like Crenshaw, to no end in the form of voting against new House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for a week. The Texas congressman referred to the holdouts as “terrorists” when talking to Fox News Radio’s Guy Benson.
“Look, [the holdouts] pushed us into this corner so now we’re saying we won’t vote for anyone but McCarthy,” Crenshaw said. “That’s why we’re saying it, because we cannot let the terrorists win.”
Rep. Dan Crenshaw on the 20 Republicans who oppose McCarthy:— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 4, 2023
"We cannot let the terrorists win." pic.twitter.com/toZlSdikpk
Crenshaw joined Fox News’ Neil Cavuto shortly after making the comments and tried to walk back what he said, making it seem as if calling someone a “terrorist” is just a “figure of speech.”
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“Look, I do not think these people are terrorists and to the extent that my colleagues took offense to that I’ve gone up to them and said, ‘of course I didn’t mean it that way,’” Crenshaw said before attempting to classify his comments as hyperbole. “We were speaking in terms of a very difficult negotiation where sometimes you use a turn of phrase about not giving into terrorists.”
I’m sorry, but you call me a terrorist because of a difference of opinion and you better come back with more than an explanation. Those are fighting words. If a difference of opinion, or in this case observing a democratic process, angers you so much that you refer to someone as a terrorist, you better back that up, because comparing those actions to those of people who carry out acts like 9/11 and Benghazi shows a level of carelessness unbefitting a member of Congress.
Then again, members of Congress do things daily that are below the level of their positions.
Where Crenshaw loses me with his non-apology after using Biden regime approved rhetoric was reported in a tweet by Daily Caller chief national correspondent Henry Rodgers.
“It’s a figure of speech,” Crenshaw reportedly told the Daily Caller. “Get over it.”
Rep. Dan Crenshaw to @DailyCaller when asked why he called over 20 of his GOP colleagues terrorists: “It’s a figure of speech. Get over it.” https://t.co/Camo0jx8Ga— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) January 4, 2023
For most insults I would say get over it. But when someone calls you a terrorist, as they used to say back in the days where men were actually men, “Them’s fighting words.”
That is what we call a figure of speech in response to slander.
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