Rep. Dan Crenshaw’s honesty stands out in the current quagmire of Republican politics. The right-wing reacted angrily to his comments earlier this month wherein he separated his fellow House Republicans into two factions: “Performance artists, ones you think are more conservative because they know how to say slogans real well,” and “legislators.”
The 37-year-old former Navy SEAL also pointed out in a video that Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who was banished from the GOP for denouncing Donald Trump, was a far more reliable ally for the former president, compared to most politicians in the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus.
Crenshaw’s comments are so convincing that anyone who listens to them thinks Trump is moving away. But, they’re not listening enough. His party must back up its rhetorical bombs by facts, as he sees them and he prefers that fellow Republicans do the same.
“I’m not looking for fights here. But if a false narrative is spreading quickly, you have to say something. I think politics has changed radically, where people want a freewheeling, authentic person. Fine, that’s good. And that’s certainly what I deliver. But you also need to be thoughtful and correct in what you say,” Crenshaw said in an interview.
He made headlines for his recent clashes against other conservatives such as that time when commentator Dan Bongino suggested that Crenshaw face a primary challenger and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) who tweeted that Crenshaw was “shooting blanks.”
His remarks about Kinzinger were prompted by a conflict over legislation regarding a vaccine database. Some Freedom Caucus members claimed that 80 House Republicans had compromised the rights to privacy by voting yes. However, Crenshaw and GOP leaders countered this claim with new preventive measures against federal government tracking.
“Unfortunately, many Republicans you trust are lying to you,” Crenshaw tweeted recently about the new legislation.
Some Hill Republicans found Crenshaw’s position as bold as he even backed 125 House Republicans to support a failed lawsuit that sought to get the Supreme Court to decide whether the ballots in four states where Biden emerged victorious contained “significant and unconstitutional irregularities.”
GOP leader Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), believes that Crenshaw’s “schtick is ‘hey, I’m going to tell you the truth. I work with a bunch of politicians. I’m going to be the one to tell you the truth,'” adding that avid followers of the war veteran loved that kind of style.
“He’s more of a philosopher than most members of Congress are. And he takes the time to understand the issues and the rationale behind some of these positions. He doesn’t necessarily blindly follow the party platform just because that’s what the Republican Party wants to do,” said Rep. Mike Garcia (R-Calif.), a close ally of Crenshaw.