To say that there’s been a lot of drama in the vote for Speaker of the House over the past couple of days would be an understatement. In addition to the drama playing out on the House floor, the attacks on House GOP members who, so far, are refusing to vote for Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to be the next speaker are ratcheting up and even coming from other GOP House members themselves.
But perhaps one of the nastiest smears of those 20 holdouts came from Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), who called them “terrorists.”
Rep. Dan Crenshaw on the 20 Republicans who oppose McCarthy:
"We cannot let the terrorists win." pic.twitter.com/toZlSdikpk
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 4, 2023
No, Dan. You have a right to vote for McCarthy, and the 20 objecting have a right to think he’s not the right guy for the job and/or push for changes. The fact that Crenshaw is attacking other Republicans like this is pretty disgusting.
It got worse. He even attacked them on CNN, calling them “narcissists” and “enemies.”
Dan Crenshaw slanders anti-McCarthy Republicans as "narcissists" & "enemies" because they are standing their ground. “They are our enemies now.”
If you want to end the Ukraine crime spree, hold Dems accountable, work for Americans first, Dan Crenshaw sees you as public enemy #1 pic.twitter.com/WzgfUN6zso
— Sue Knows Best (@sues86453) January 3, 2023
This was just straight-up slander, saying the objectors preferred a “Democrat agenda.” He even called them “clowns.”
“These fucking people,” Rep. @DanCrenshawTX tells me after leaving the House floor. “Now they’re just being clowns.”
— Matt Laslo (@MattLaslo) January 4, 2023
No, they’re objecting to going along with the Democrat agenda and asking for the tools to be able to properly represent their constituents who don’t like what the swamp has been doing. They’re far more in line with the base than is Dan Crenshaw who seems more in line with supporting the “Democrat agenda.” Again, why do they have to give up their vote to comply with what Crenshaw wants?
Tucker Carlson took on Crenshaw’s “neo-con” nastiness. He notes how Crenshaw didn’t address any of the issues that the people objecting might have to McCarthy, he just went after them calling them bad names.
Tucker on Dan Crenshaw's "terrorists" comment: "Over the past few years pretty much every part of the war on terror has been turned against the domestic political enemies of the neocons. What you just saw is the snarling face of the donor class." pic.twitter.com/Ygd5ptmjcD
— American Firebrand (@AmFirebrand) January 5, 2023
“What you just saw is the snarling face of the donor class,” Carlson opined.
But Crenshaw showed just how over the edge he’s gotten, responding to Carlson.
Unclutch your pearls. It’s a figure of speech. You can’t insult, slander, and hold everyone hostage with no way out – and not expect me to punch back.
Grow thicker skin. https://t.co/gmwDmfCney
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) January 5, 2023
“Unclutch your pearls,” Crenshaw huffed. “It’s a figure of speech. You can’t insult, slander, and hold everyone hostage with no way out – and not expect me to punch back. Grow thicker skin.”
No, it’s not just a “figure of speech.” You’re the one clutching pearls, Rep. Crenshaw, and throwing a fit over other representatives acting as they think their constituents want them to act. And you’re tossing around terms Democrats would use. When Crenshaw is attacking his colleagues that way, he’s also attacking a lot of the base — a lot of Americans — who want to have some change. What does he think he achieves with that? It’s certainly not going to bring the objectors around to his way of thinking and it’s just going to destroy him in the eyes of anyone who might still have had a favorable opinion of him. How about listening to what they have to say rather than acting like your position is the only position? It sounds like there are folks trying to negotiate to come to a resolution but Crenshaw isn’t helping things.