Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) appeared on “The View,” where he battled co-hosts Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin over remarks made by one of his fellow freshman lawmakers.
The Texas Republican and the show’s conservative co-host Meghan McCain have been hitting Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for months, accusing her of anti-Semitism and insensitivity toward 9/11 victims, and Crenshaw said Democrats have not condemned her forcefully enough.
“Unfortunately, we’re playing a team sport these days,” Crenshaw said. “We just had a long discussion about how Republicans feel about Trump, and I think you’re seeing the same issues play out on the democrats’ side with somebody on their own team, and they’re not sure how to handle it, even though they might behind closed doors disagree with what she’s saying.”
Behar pointed out that Omar was a recently elected congresswoman, and not halfway through a presidential term like Trump.
“She’s a new congresswoman,” Behar said. “On the right what we have is the president of the United States in Charlottesville saying there are good people on both sides, and people are yelling, ‘Jews will not replace us.’ There are not good people on both sides.”
Crenshaw objected to her point, saying that Trump’s widely televised remarks did not represent what he believes.
“In that same sentence, when he said that, he also said, ‘I’m definitely not referring to white nationalists,” Crenshaw said.
Behar heard enough.
“Why do you apologize for him?” she said. “It’s ridiculous.”
Crenshaw insisted the president’s remarks about “fine people on both sides” were a bit more nuanced than many recall.
“You have to listen to what he says,” the congressman said.
Trump did, in fact, offer support for marchers who were protesting the removal of Confederate monuments, while saying the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists who who organized the rally “should be condemned totally.”
But he also attacked “troublemakers” in the group of counterprotesters as “a lot of bad people.”
Crenshaw then got back to attacking Omar, who drew strong criticism for saying anti-Muslim sentiment had spiked after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“CAIR was founded after 9/11,” Omar said, “because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
Hostin said the Minnesota Democrat’s comments have been taken out of context, but Crenshaw refused to extend the same courtesy to Omar.
“Unless you’re referring to a different event, and I don’t think she was, then it clearly was not taken out of context,” Crenshaw said. “I don’t think she’s apologized, either, she doubled down.”
Hostin reminded him that George W. Bush had used similar language to describe the attacks, and no one objected to his choice of words, and Crenshaw said there was no comparison.
“It was dismissive in tone, and in gesture, and in words,” he said.
Suspect behind NYC subway bomb scare arrested after being found unconscious in the Bronx: report
On Saturday, CNN's New York correspondent Polo Sandoval reported that a suspect wanted for placing suspicious rice cookers in New York City subway stations has been arrested after being found unconscious at an address in the Bronx.
"Less than 24 hours it took the NYPD to track down this man in relation to the scare that took place here in New York City," said Sandoval. "A source close to the investigation saying that the individual that they were trying to track down to speak to was apparently placed into custody at about 2AM This morning. He was found unconscious in the Bronx here in New York. He is currently hospitalized."
It’s not Democrats who are making guns a political issue: It’s all the dead bodies
We can’t keep up. We can’t keep up with the lies, we can’t keep up with the racism, we can’t keep up with the anti-immigrant hysteria, we can’t keep up with the firings and resignations, we can’t keep up with the flat-out lunacy, but most of all, we can’t keep up with the dead bodies.
In a single week, between Sunday, July 28, and Saturday, Aug. 3, there were three separate mass shootings in this country. In Gilroy, California, at a popular garlic festival, a man wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying an AK-47 style assault rifle, killed three people and wounded 13. Two of the dead and several of the wounded were children. The shooter had six high-capacity magazines in his possession: one was a drum magazine holding 75 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, and the other five held 40 rounds. He had bought the AK-47 and ammunition just three weeks before he opened fire on the festival goers.
Trump is terrified a recession is coming — and he has no plan if it does: report
Economists and analysts overwhelmingly agreed this week that a recession is, if not looming, appearing to be much more likely in the near future than it was before.
But in President Donald Trump's White House, such pessimism is verboten. According to multiple reports, Trump's team has been emphasizing rosier economic numbers and brushing off signs of a coming downturn. Trump even suggested that he "suspects many economists and other forecasters are presenting biased data to thwart his reelection," according to the Washington Post. (Trump previously complained that positive economic reports under President Barack Obama were fake.)