Kirsters Baish| Republican Representative Dan Crenshaw of Texas stood his ground on Monday in defending President Donald Trump’s comments regarding a 2017 Charlottesville, Virginia, rally which turned violent during an appearance on ABC’s “The View.”
The show’s co-host, Joy Behar, went after Crenshaw without hesitation.
The Hill reports:
The back-and-forth on the ABC opinion program came after a host asked Crenshaw about his staunch criticism of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who has been accused by many Republican and some Democratic lawmakers of using anti-Semitic tropes when criticizing U.S. support for Israel.
Crenshaw, an Afghanistan War veteran who lost his right eye in combat and was recently elected to Congress in Texas’s 2nd District, was first asked by co-host Meghan McCain why more Democrats weren’t condemning Omar’s remarks.
Crenshaw stated, “Unfortunately, we’re playing a team sport these days. We just had a long discussion about how Republicans feel about Trump. I think you’re seeing the same thing play out on the Democrat side, [when it’s] somebody on their own team and they’re not sure how to handle it even though behind closed doors they might disagree.”
Behar slammed the President’s statement that there were “good people on both sides.”
“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,” Behar insisted.
Crenshaw made sure to note that “in the same sentence” the President had explained that he was “definitely not referring to white nationalists,” but to those Americans who were against the removal of historical Confederate statues.
“Why do you apologize for him? He’s ridiculous!” Behar questioned.
“You have to read what he actually said,” Crenshaw said.