You may recall Republican candidate Dan Crenshaw who was mocked on Saturday Night Live for having lost his eye in Afghanistan. Well, Saturday Night Live apologized and Crenshaw won his election and is now a going to be representing the 2nd District in Texas in Congress.
Crenshaw showed good sense during that episode and now he’s just shown it again in a panel discussion on “Face the Nation.”
The panel was trying to push the idea that under President Donald Trump “democratic freedoms” were under attack. So Crenshaw put them to the test. Just exactly what were they taking about?
From Daily Wire:
“I think some of our democratic freedoms and the principles we live by have been under attack for the better part of two years,” said Democratic Rep.-elect Joe Neguse (CA).
Anchor Margaret Brennan turned to Crenshaw to ask if he wanted to respond to Neguse’s assertion, saying with suggestive emphasis, “since the president is the leader of your party.”
Crenshaw gladly accepted the invitation. “I always ask the question: Like what?” he said. “Like what is he undermining exactly? What democratic freedoms have been undermined? We just had an election where we switched power in the House. Democracy is at work. People are voting in record numbers. I always ask for examples. And then we can hit those examples one by one, and if it’s worth criticizing, it’s worth criticizing. But this broad brush criticism that the president is somehow undermining our democracy, I always wonder like, what exactly are we talking about?”
Democratic Rep.-elect Chrissy Houlahan from Pennsylvania and Neguse claimed Trump was “undermining the free press.” Houlahan also claimed he was somehow undermining “the CIA, FBI, the voting process.”
“Well, how has he done that?” Crenshaw asked in response to their first argument about the free press. “Obama had…many press members under investigation. Trump has not,” Crenshaw correctly pointed out. “So what is the difference here?”
Neguse’s best response was that Trump had temporarily suspended Jim Acosta’s hard press pass for being “rude” and “placing his hands” on an intern when she tried to retrieve the mic he was refusing to give up.
“One reporter. Not the whole news organization,” Crenshaw responded.
And he continued asking how is Trump’s criticism of the press an attack on the press?
From Daily Caller:
“Because it’s literally an attack,” Chrissy Houlahan, congresswoman-elect from Pennsylvania interrupted.
Crenshaw, who lost his eye in a Taliban IED attack in Afghanistan, said, “I have literally been attacked. So let’s choose our words carefully.”
“His language is an attack,” Houlahan corrected.
Former President Barack Obama brought investigations to try to prosecute members of the media. He spied on both the AP and James Rosen. Acosta had his pass suspended after being rude and obnoxious for months and nothing is preventing him or CNN from reporting on it. Obama demonized and bullied Fox reporters every day, as CBS correspondent Major Garrett said, and virtually no one had a problem with that or saw that as an issue of “free press.”
Later in the argument, Congresswoman-elect Deb Haaland of New Mexico said that Trump wanted to “erase” trans people in America.
“I’ll give you another example,” Haaland said, “His rhetoric about erasing transpeople in our country.”
“He’s never said that,” Crenshaw noted, accurately.
Haaland shrugged, “Well, it appears that he is discriminating against the LGBTQ Community, and I think that’s troublesome.”
In other words, Crenshaw just proved you can’t support your claims. And more people should put them to the test like this and push back against the false comments.
Crenshaw looks like an up-and-coming star who’s able to deftly handle the media