K Baish| Republican Representative/Navy SEAL veteran Dan Crenshaw answered a tweet from Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez this Saturday.
Crenshaw explained that the New York freshman congresswoman’s tweet “almost wasn’t worth” responding to, however.
Newsweek reports, “Appearing on Fox News Channel’s Watters’ World Saturday night, Crenshaw (R-Texas) was asked about Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) tweet where she said the Texas congressman refused to co-sponsor a bill to support the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund.”
“You refuse to cosponsor the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund, yet have the audacity to drum resentment towards Ilhan w/completely out-of-context quotes. In 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost ALL US domestic terrorist killings. Why don’t you go do something about that?,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote, directed towards Crenshaw.
You refuse to cosponsor the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund, yet have the audacity to drum resentment towards Ilhan w/completely out-of-context quotes.
In 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost ALL US domestic terrorist killings. Why don’t you go do something about that? https://t.co/rkb92IxkKX
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 11, 2019
The 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund bill, officially named the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, seeks to permanently provide money to the fund which was set up after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in order to assist survivors, and first responders with compensation after many developed illnesses from being exposed to toxic dust and other health hazards.
In early February, the fund announced it would cut payouts to victims as the money available in the fund has rapidly diminished as the number of claims filed have increased. Later that month, a bipartisan bill was announced by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Peter King (R-N.Y.).
When asked by Fox News host Jesse Watters about Ocasio-Cortez’s comments, Crenshaw stated, “So [Ocasio-Cortez] thinks that co-sponsoring a bill which, by the way, isn’t even out of committee yet means that’s how you are defending 9/11 victims. Last I checked, I thought I did defend 9/11 victims. I went overseas and tried to make sure that this attack never happened again. And make sure to take the fight to the enemies that committed it.”
Representative Crenshaw spent ten years as a Navy SEAL. He was deployed to Afghanistan, where he was blasted by an IED, which caused him to lose his right eye.
Crenshaw mentioned Democratic Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, calling upon a speech that she delivered to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in March. During Omar’s 20-minute speech, she stated, “Far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen, and frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it…CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
In her speech, Omar specifically the phrase “some people did something.” Many conservatives who saw Omar’s comments as downplaying the 9/11 terrorist attacks came after her.
“The New York Post featured the phrase and a photo of the World Trade Center’s twin towers burning as the publication’s front page story on Thursday,” explains Newsweek.
“The fact that they would double down on this and try to provide cover for Ilhan Omar when all you have to do is say hey, she misspoke, maybe she didn’t mean in that way. Why don’t you just say that?,” Crenshaw stated.
Watters agreed with the Republican Representative, saying, “All [Omar] has to say is ‘I was a little too flip. Perhaps my language was a little too imprecise. I know that 3,000 people died on that horrible day and those ‘some people’ were radical Al-Queda terrorists who we’ve been trying to bring to justice.'”
Omar tweeted, “‘The people – and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!’ President George W. Bush
Was Bush downplaying the terrorist attack?
What if he was a Muslim?”
“The people — and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!” President George W. Bush
Was Bush downplaying the terrorist attack?
What if he was a Muslim ? https://t.co/XMazssoD49
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 12, 2019
Watters stated, “She says whatever she wants. It’s crazy and completely irresponsible that a sitting member of Congress….the minute that you criticize her she says ‘oh, you are attacking me because I’m a Muslim, or I’m a woman, or I’m black.'”
“This is the worst kind of argumentation,” Crenshaw answered. “So what they’re doing is they’re trying to silence any kind of arguments against them. Why? Because they don’t actually have an argument to make. So what they do is they’ll use identity to try and silence anyone else from saying anything. You’re not allowed to say that because of who I am. Sorry, no, that’s not how things work in a democracy, especially amongst members of Congress. You’re supposed to debate ideas, if you say something we should call it out. That is the point of this. That’s why we were elected.”
“So to say that you’re not allowed to talk about something because of identities is nonsense,” Crenshaw continued. “And it’s also sort of bigoted in itself because you’re assuming that everybody of a certain skin color or gender should think a certain way. That is really wrong; it’s the content of your character that matters; it’s the ideas that you have. And that’s what we should actually be debating here.”