Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) took to Twitter on Friday morning to attempt to explain why he signed onto an amicus brief backing a lawsuit filed in Texas asking the Supreme Court to overturn the results of the election in the states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia.
It did not go well. At all.
With Crenshaw and 106 other Republicans who signed on being called "seditious" and accused of treason by MSNBC's Joe Scarborough on Friday morning, Crenshaw went into damage control in an attempt to rationalize his actions -- with many commenters pointing out that he completely missed the point of the lawsuit.
According to the lawmaker notable for his squabbling with critics, "The left-wing outrage is predictably over the top. The request here is simple: allow this case to be elevated to the Supreme Court, and let the Supreme Court make a determination. All cases should be heard, all investigations should be thorough. It is that simple."
He then provided his reasoning, by writing, "My personal hope is that drawing additional attention to it forces states to clean up their act, and adopt far better and more secure systems going forward that will garner the kind of faith in our elections our nation so desperately needs" which led one commenter, MSNBC's Chris Hayes, to ask, "Texas was one of those states, why didn't he sue Texas? Also North Carolina, why not sue North Carolina?"
Then it was on as commenters deluged him with criticism for trying to explain away an action that could haunt him for the rest of his career -- as you can see below:
And what is the basis of this case? This: Authorities other than state legislatures unilaterally made sweeping chan… https://t.co/ANN8HiaVt1— Dan Crenshaw (@Dan Crenshaw)1607705350.0
@DanCrenshawTX Texas was one of those states, why didn't he sue Texas? Also North Carolina, why not sue North Carolina?— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes)1607706591.0
@DanCrenshawTX Here is Den Crenshaw trying to cover up his sedition with “going forward” lingo.— Kelly Burke ☘️ (@Kelly Burke ☘️)1607711905.0
@DanCrenshawTX Service doesn’t erase treason.— Beardless Mountain Man (@Beardless Mountain Man)1607711267.0
@DanCrenshawTX I've lost faith in anything you touch.— Joshua Trotter (@Joshua Trotter)1607712215.0
@DanCrenshawTX I once had alot of hope and respect for Dan Crenshaw. Now not so much.— Timothy Tressel (@Timothy Tressel)1607710847.0
@DanCrenshawTX Interesting that one would be in the business of regulating other states, Dan. That doesn't sound v… https://t.co/iAHilbROhC— Marine--At Ease (@Marine--At Ease)1607705645.0
@DrRobThompson @DanCrenshawTX Nah. That's just called being a Republican.— Kringle Hunter (@Kringle Hunter)1607709221.0
@DanCrenshawTX Translation: Bring back Jim Crow voting laws. #MAGAMORONS— Ken Meltzer (@Ken Meltzer)1607709345.0
@DanCrenshawTX This man has shamed himself, and knows it, and is retroactively trying to make it look like something else.— Chief Francis O'Neill (@Chief Francis O'Neill)1607709772.0
@DanCrenshawTX Your personal hope is get publicity, build your brand, and get out of your dead end as a back bencher.— phillip mattox (@phillip mattox)1607709963.0
@DanCrenshawTX Funny how none of that is in the brief you signed your name to. I do agree your request is simple:… https://t.co/4gLZGljaRq— Jeff Watters (@Jeff Watters)1607705540.0
@DanCrenshawTX I WOULD LIKE TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THIS FACT https://t.co/EBAJyjfICJ— Fake Crunkbout (@Fake Crunkbout)1607705549.0
@DanCrenshawTX Maybe States should clean up their districting too? Hypocrite https://t.co/qYWwE6RtIn— Chris (@Chris)1607705982.0
@DanCrenshawTX Oh yeah so cute. I hope other states govern like I want them to. I don’t want the judges to overturn… https://t.co/6lcihS6Ldb— newzjunkey (@newzjunkey)1607709881.0
@DanCrenshawTX People actually thought you were credible when you came into Congress. Guess not.— Howard Radziminsky (@Howard Radziminsky)1607712449.0
@DanCrenshawTX Dan, Dan, you're a young man with a strong brand and a proven flair for leadership. The Party needs… https://t.co/RmrEsWXWC5— Tom Maguire (@Tom Maguire)1607705837.0
@DanCrenshawTX You’re pathetic and you know it.— 𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙤𝙪𝙛𝙚𝙭𝙞𝙨 (@𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙤𝙪𝙛𝙚𝙭𝙞𝙨)1607710148.0
@DanCrenshawTX I liked you a lot more when you weren’t jumping in front of every parade. If there’s one thing that’… https://t.co/D06w5XC3qv— Scott Camp v. 2020 (@Scott Camp v. 2020)1607709275.0
@DanCrenshawTX This is a dizzying level of spin. It’s like saying, “We are going to try and burn the house down.… https://t.co/nIeztQPhmY— 🦋 BabaYaga 🦋😷 (@🦋 BabaYaga 🦋😷)1607709420.0
@DanCrenshawTX If you or anyone could point to specific instances of voter fraud happening anywhere this would seem… https://t.co/8y2IDTSE5t— Peter Ames Carlin (@Peter Ames Carlin)1607708374.0
@DanCrenshawTX A lot of people are saying that you drink babies' blood under the light of a full moon in the middle… https://t.co/ynSSRWhz0y— High Seinfeld (@High Seinfeld)1607708969.0
@DanCrenshawTX Oh but no fraud in red states, right? Not even a whiff. Odd that ONLY swing states are fraudulent, o… https://t.co/CvfEK70fTu— jane (@jane)1607709675.0
@DanCrenshawTX The only way to garner faith in our elections is by allowing whiny losers to overturn election resul… https://t.co/NKgNgZG1CC— Noble Prize in Sarcasm (@Noble Prize in Sarcasm)1607708287.0
@DanCrenshawTX But let's also be clear that you are being willfully ignorant of the situation. This lawsuit isn't a… https://t.co/inzUPS7LfV— Eliot Hochberg (Actual) (@Eliot Hochberg (Actual))1607710629.0
@DanCrenshawTX Your clear hope is to pretend to disenfranchise millions of voters in order to gain some political p… https://t.co/WCsplehOsP— Matthew Hawthorne (@Matthew Hawthorne)1607710482.0
@DanCrenshawTX It's odd that Dan or any Republican would be complaining about election security or secure systems w… https://t.co/z7TbsxQ3kq— Beta Ray Ben (@Beta Ray Ben)1607708533.0
@DanCrenshawTX The guy with the congressional district that looks like this is concerned about fairness in the elec… https://t.co/OBU02tCC9i— Ron C (@Ron C)1607708396.0
@DanCrenshawTX My personal hope is you could see how much all of this is bullshit. But I know you have a hard time seeing that.— AloysiusFreeman (@AloysiusFreeman)1607706991.0
@DanCrenshawTX My personal hope is that you shut up.— Jo (@Jo)1607708704.0