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Rep. Dan Crenshaw Calls Republican Opponents of McCarthy ‘Terrorists’ and ‘Enemies’

Rep. Dan Crenshaw Calls Republican Opponents of McCarthy ‘Terrorists’ and ‘Enemies’

“That’s what it is, and anyone who suggests differently is in some sort of make-believe, fantasy reality.”

The battle over the Speaker of the House is creating some bad blood among Republicans, and it seems like not everyone will make it out of this unscathed.

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw is using some serious fighting words to describe fellow Republicans, and frankly, it’s a bit disappointing.

During an appearance on the Guy Benson show, Crenshaw referred to opponents of McCarthy as terrorists:

I understand his frustration, but terrorists? Really?

And it doesn’t end there. During a moment with a CNN reporter, Crenshaw referred to the same people as “enemies.”

FOX News reports:

Dan Crenshaw calls anti-McCarthy Republicans ‘enemies’ in fiery interview

Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, vented about GOP “enemies” against Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House in a fiery interview on Tuesday.

“They are enemies now,” he told CNN’s Manu Raju. “They have made it clear that they prefer a Democrat agenda [over] a Republican one.”

A small but crucial group of conservative Republicans are not backing McCarthy for House Speaker, leaving who will hold the gavel in doubt.

“This handful of members is very clearly looking for notoriety over principle,” Crenshaw said. “That’s what it is, and anyone who suggests differently is in some sort of make-believe, fantasy reality.”

Crenshaw said when you’re part of a team, “you hash this stuff out … and then you move on,” unless you’re a “narcissist.”

“If you’re a narcissist, and you believe that your opinion is so much more important than everyone else’s and you’ll keep going, and you’ll threaten to tear down the team for the benefit of the Democrats, just because of your own sense of self-importance, that’s exactly what’s happening here,” he said.

Here’s the video:

Tucker Carlson talked about this last night. He was not impressed.

Crenshaw responded on Twitter:

Everyone in the GOP needs to calm down and remember Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment.

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Eyepatch McCain never called Democrats – the people actually destroying America economically, socially, morally, and politically – enemies. And I’ve yet to hear him call the Leftists who destroyed cities, looted, and stalked Republicans terrorists.

This should be a lesson to everyone: Just because you served in the military doesn’t mean you are an honorable individual and that if you go into politics you are entitled to people’s support.

Eyepatch McCain can go jump off a cliff.

Both sides are trying to claim the high ground. Seems one side is the corporate Republican voice the other is the “little people” of We the People. Neither side wants to acknowledge the other side’s view has merit, but handicaps their side’s position.

That seems like it should be a pretty effective way to win them over to his position.

Too bad it is only 19 or 20 conservatives. Should be 49 or 50. A little rebellion in the morning never hurt anyone. That word ‘principle’ has ham strung the Republican party since the days of WF Buckley.

    chrisboltssr in reply to Whitewall. | January 5, 2023 at 9:26 am

    Exactly. Too many people have co.e to think the only way the country operates is if we have these sniveling fools making laws. The Founders set up the country precisely because they knew these people were irrelevant and not needed.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Whitewall. | January 5, 2023 at 4:02 pm

    “Crenshaw said when you’re part of a team, “you hash this stuff out … and then you move on,”

    Isn’t this what the republicans are doing? At least those who don’t want a speaker who will sell them out for a few gold coins.

    As you stated, there should be much more.

Colonel Travis | January 5, 2023 at 9:24 am

What an ass

Calling people who disagree ‘terrorists’ and the ‘enemy’ doesn’t seem like a good way to win them over. That’s the language and tactic of an information operation used to solidify support gain approval for attacking the ‘other’. Very useful to disparage and dehumanize the opposition so that the public is accepting of future violence towards the ‘other’.

    The Democrats and Deep State have openly been using military-style PsyOps tactics against conservative citizenry for quite awhile now.

    It’s amazing to watch the uniparty-aligned factions of the Republican party turn it inward on other Republican lawmakers now.

    As a society, how do we back away from the precipice?

      Whitewall in reply to Paul. | January 5, 2023 at 10:50 am

      We don’t. A great many people have to be hurt before they wonder why. Why nobody told them. A moderate R is at his best/worst when he is fighting another R. The actual D enemy doesn’t bother him that much.

      CommoChief in reply to Paul. | January 5, 2023 at 2:23 pm

      Yes they have and it is encouraging that more people are figuring this out. It’s not truly a uniparty b/c that would require sharing power. It’s an alignment of interests for mutual grift. Many in DC from both parties rely on the con to fool the marks. Fortunately this is becoming more difficult as their cons keep getting exposed and less aware people catch on.

Capitalist-Dad | January 5, 2023 at 9:37 am

Contrary to the GOPe side, the world will not end if McCarthy isn’t elected speaker—he has failed before and the world is still here. Besides, his list of policies is NOT the Contract with America. Other than investigating Democrat Reich corruption (which any R majority can do), every other priority can be blocked by D opposition, and thus boils down to a series of doomed bills. After which the GOPe will throw up its hands saying, “Well, we tried.”

    inspectorudy in reply to Capitalist-Dad. | January 6, 2023 at 2:13 pm

    You are correct that McCarthy not being elected will not end the world, but he will get elected. A private poll of the Rs revealed that a majority of them do not want him to be elected but when they vote, they become cowards. The good news is that he must see that he has almost no margin of error and has to have everyone on board to pass anything. This will keep him in check and any of his past tendencies to side with the lobbyists and Dems will not pass. We do not know yet what he has agreed to garner more votes but I think it will help control his liberal tendencies.

The best way to promote unity within your party is to call the opposition “terrorists”.

Yeah, but not in private, face to face, like a man. Instead, go to the media and do it on tv.

Then blame them for not hashing it out in private like they should.

I think Lt Dan would be better suited to go in the shrimp business with Forrest Gump.

    chrisboltssr in reply to Paula. | January 5, 2023 at 12:49 pm

    That’s an insult to Lt Dan, who grew as a man and character. I do not see the same happening with Patch Gibson.

Crenshaw has the makings of a truly great CNN contributor!

The Gentle Grizzly | January 5, 2023 at 9:53 am

My memory may be tripping me up but, I seem to recall his being okay. Then, seemingly overnight, he got like this.

I wonder who’s blackmailing him?

    That’s the way I remember it, Griz.

    Now you realize that EVERYONE in DC is compromised to a certain extent. I heard a few years ago that 90% were compromised with a sexual issue and 80% were financial issues.
    Crenshaw must have done some things while a seal that someone is hanging over his head or while he was in the Navy.

    He was “ok” and then got bought

    Seeing this play out repeatedly doesn’t seem to educate people

    Follow the money

    Colonel Travis in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | January 5, 2023 at 10:32 am

    That was the perception, the reality is that he has always been this way. He came home from service and ran for Congress immediately after a seat opened up in his back yard. He had no intention of doing that but was talked into it. His background of Navy Seal made people assume he was gung-ho conservative. He was not. I remember reading stories about people with Robert Francis O’Rourke signs in their yard along with Crenshaw. He hated Trump before Trump was even nominated, he was a reach-across-the-aisle pansy from Day 1. Hero on the battlefield, I’m sorry, he’s not a Seal any more, he’s a elitist member of Congress who fits right in with the rest of these idiots.

He’ll fit right in when the Republican establishment party inevitably merges into the Demoncrats.

Hannity completely lost it with Rep Lauren Boebert, rude ,just piece of crap

“They have made it clear that they prefer a Democrat agenda [over] a Republican one.”
Actually, that’s what all those other people who prefer a Dem-lite Speaker are making clear.

very clearly looking for notoriety over principle
And with that bit of grotesque projection, he identifies himself as a progressive, and a RINO.

and you’ll keep going … just because of your own sense of self-importance
So, McCarthy? Who claimed he had “earned” this? Yet more projection.

It’s a figure of speech.
No. It is not.

remember Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment
NO. The party is not where my loyalty lies. Also, the situation is much different than Reagan’s tenure where Democrats still mostly believed in America as it was. I will bash anyone who stands for progressive-lite or for compromise with those who would utterly destroy the Republic that the Founders created. McCarthy is oriented on playing politics-as-normal instead of fighting to recover what the progressives have thrown away or stolen.

While I think the holdouts are being stupid (if they have no endgame), this is equally stupid.

I don’t think I get the point of this really bad tactic. Color me not a fan of Crenshaw’s play here.

Everyone be sure to give him a side eye from now on.

This is certainly how you win friends and influence people.

A lot of projection going on there, Dan.

This is exactly why things like The Patriot Act are such a terrible idea. It starts with the labeling, and the, “It’s just a figure of speech,” excuse. Before you know it, the target(s) are in the crosshairs of one of the least constitutional set of laws passed in my lifetime.

Lawlor’s been doing the same thing. If you don’t show conservatives any respect during this kind of situation, what reason do they have to expect it after the Speaker has finally been elected? No reason to compromise.

At this point the republican party needs to go the way of the whigs.
These people are worse than useless.
I’d rather vote in a democrat that I KNOW will screw me over, than someone that promises they won’t and then turns around and stabs me in the back like these jackasses.

BierceAmbrose | January 5, 2023 at 4:16 pm

So, none of the R reps have split to vote with the D’s — who no doubt are offering everything they can think of, including a date with AOC.

Meanwhile the hold-out R’s are extracting “concessions” from McCarthy, like people with a PoV on committees, and doing appropriations not endless omnibus, backed up with a low-threshold “no confidence” provision.

Holding out for an R speaker who will support avowed R Party priorities seems … on point. Astute. Courageous, even. Or at least pragmatic. You gotta get elected to hold office – usually. And you gotta do at least something for the folks who elected you, or they’ll go looking for someone who will.

am grateful for his service–am disappointed in his activities vis politics so far–over time, a man’s(or woman’s)actions reveal his character–so far, disappointing

Subotai Bahadur | January 5, 2023 at 4:37 pm

It has been noted elsewhere that the last time that there were multiple votes like this for Speaker of the House was 1856. Which is true. Close to 140 ballots. What is not mentioned is that this was after the Whigs began their final collapse because they had no solid beliefs other than power and money, the Republicans began their rise to replace them, and incidentally for those not historically inclined . . . the final collapse of the Whigs in the 1860 election made it Republicans [with Lincoln as president] -v- the Democrats. The Democrat controlled states promptly seceded from the Union and we had something called the Civil War. Or perhaps what will be referred to as the First Civil War.

History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme. The splits are in progress with the Republicans reprising the Whigs, and not surprisingly from what has happened over the last few decades, it is NOT on pure party lines but more on collectivist authoritarian -v- Constitutionalist lines. Eyepatch McCain and a lot of others are irrevocably choosing sides. As are those resisting them.

A Polity only survives so long as the overwhelming majority of the population actively shares belief in a common Social and Political Contract. Can you honestly say that obtains in the United States?

If things do break down to a Second Civil War, it will not be states -v- states like the first. It will be far more chaotic and anarchistic like Yugoslavia.

Subotai Bahadur

The rethoric needs to be toned down. It’s been a couple of days, not months for Speaker’s vote. We have a senile, blithering idiot as President, a protracted vote for Leader of the House isn’t a problem. Welcome to democracy.

Speaks just like a typical liberal Democrat, of either the elected or media variety.