If there’s one thing you can say about Tucker Carlson, it’s that he simply doesn’t care about going after people classified as being on his side. He’s got a long history of slamming Republicans he disagrees with, whether they agree to come on his show or not. That happened again recently when Carlson took a jab at Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), calling him “eye-patch McCain.”
Crenshaw, an outspoken supporter of the recent $40 billion Ukraine aid package, has criticized those who are against the bill by insinuating they support Russia. Here’s the exchange between him and Marjorie Taylor Greene that seemed to kick all this off.
Yeah, because investing in the destruction of our adversary’s military, without losing a single American troop, strikes me as a good idea. You should feel the same,” Crenshaw wrote.
Greene chimed in, saying Crenshaw is funding a “proxy war with Russia.”
“So you think we are funding a proxy war with Russia? You speak as if Ukrainian lives should be thrown away, as if they have no value. Just used and thrown away,” Greene wrote. “For your proxy war? How does that help Americans? How does any of this help?”
“Still going after that slot on Russia Today huh?” Crenshaw fired back.
The exchange shows the small but impactful divide in the Republican Party, where a minority of lawmakers have stood in opposition to multiple bills targeting Russia and supporting Ukraine.
Crenshaw and Greene have had beef in the past, so it’s not surprising they’d clash again. Carlson seemed to take note of his commentary, though, as well as later comments made on Fox News with Trey Gowdy in which Crenshaw dismissed concerns about the baby formula shortage in relation to the Ukraine spending bill.
This per The Daily Wire:
“Do you know how much baby formula $40 billion can buy? None,” Crenshaw told Fox News guest host and former Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy.
Here’s the video of Carlson’s insult that followed.
TUCKER: Dan Crenshaw is “Eyepatch McCain”pic.twitter.com/hh979Zm29J
— Election Wizard 🇺🇸 (@ElectionWiz) May 17, 2022
Personally, agree or disagree with Crenshaw, I’m not a fan of this new moniker. When a man gives his eye in defense of the country, it shouldn’t be mock-worthy, and Carlson himself thought that four years ago when he vehemently defended Crenshaw from a Saturday Night Live skit making fun of the Texas congressman’s injury.
On the other hand, I understand that politics isn’t a pillow fight, and Crenshaw (again, agree or disagree with him) has been pretty aggressive in going after those who think the $40 billion Ukraine aid package is a mistake, including pushing the idea that its opponents support Russia.
I find myself on the other side of that issue from Crenshaw. While I’ve expressed my support for Ukraine and sending some aid, I also believe the $40 billion expenditure is a bad way to handle the matter due to the overblown top-line amount and the clear lack of oversight. I can assure everyone reading this that I nor Chip Roy, who recently went viral decrying the process, support Vladimir Putin.
For his part, Crenshaw was asked about Tucker Carlson and any supposed culpability regarding the Buffalo shooting. In response, he actually defended the Fox News host, but also let loose his personal feelings toward him.
“Like, I hate Tucker Carlson. I despise him. But he didn’t cause this, right?” Crenshaw told The Hill. “Like, I think he’s a gross human being. Doesn’t mean that his rhetoric caused it. This was caused by a legitimately crazy person.”
Putting aside the obvious fact that Crenshaw is right about Carlson not being responsible for a mass shooter who called Fox News a Jewish conspiracy, I wish figures on the right would do their best to abstain from these kinds of slap fights. The country is currently in crisis. There’s a baby formula shortage, inflation is through the roof, gas prices are $5 a gallon, the stock market is crashing, and to Crenshaw’s point, Russia continues to invade a European nation.
People are getting crushed right now. This isn’t the time for those on the right to air their grievances about one another. Republicans have a major election to win in November, and that should be the focus. Not accusing people of being supporters of Putin nor making jokes about a guy’s war injury. I know, that conclusion probably won’t make anyone on either side happy, but I don’t see the value in any of these fights. Let it go, move on, and get back to what matters.
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