U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), a former Navy SEAL, is establishing a pattern of taking stances on legislation that run counter to the will of the average Republican voter and more in line with political class DC.
The latest example of this can be seen with the Senate border bill, with Crenshaw blasting fellow GOP lawmakers for opposing the legislation.
“The height of stupidity is having a strong opinion on something you know nothing about,” Crenshaw told CNN.
“I’m extremely disappointed in the very strange maneuvering by many on the right to torpedo, a potential border reform bill,” the lawmaker said. “We have a bill that on net significantly decreases illegal immigration and we sabotage that. That is, is inconsistent with what we told our voters we would do.”
Dan Crenshaw: “I’m extremely disappointed in the very strange maneuvering by many on the right to torpedo, a potential border reform bill.” pic.twitter.com/JsHT0w1iCc
— BPR based (@DumpstrFireNews) February 2, 2024
Crenshaw added, “People will make up whatever reasons they want to. There’s a number of them, I’m sure, but it would be a pretty unacceptable dereliction of your duty.”
He also regurgitated media talking points about opposing the border bill to help Donald Trump’s reelection effort.
“There are some in the Senate and in the House who are desperately trying to sabotage it for other reasons. Maybe they think that securing the border would help [President] Biden politically. Which, of course it would, but I want to secure the border. That’s what I told my voters I would do,” Crenshaw said.
Navy SEALS have a stellar reputation for being fully prepared for battle, both intellectually and physically, but Crenshaw does not seem to carry that trait into the halls of Congress.
While Crenshaw may have irked more than a few GOP voters, his remarks were pleasing to the ear of liberal CNN host Dana Bash,
“I think I want to put that Dan Crenshaw quote on a pillow, talking about being, very exercised about people, even though they don’t know anything about it. ‘The height of stupidity is being very opinionated about something you don’t know anything about,’ that’s the quote. Love it,” Bash replied.
Predictably, the media is portraying Crenshaw’s message as “a major break” from Republican Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), who has suggested the deal would be “dead on arrival” in the House — a key point of contention is reports of language that would essentially allow 5,000 crossings per day. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) is one of the Republican negotiators on the deal and he said that was “misinformation.”
The problem is, only those crafting the legislation know what’s in it because the language has not been released even as talk of voting on it heats up. As for trusting the process, only a fool would do that given the state of DC politics.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) dropped a damning tweet on the process, citing “the Law Firm of Schumer & McConnell (“The Firm™️”), which is perpetually trying to normalize a corrupt approach to legislating.”
Earlier today, a reporter standing outside the Senate chamber told me that, after four months of secrecy, The Firm™️ plans to release the text of the $106 billion supplemental aid / border-security package—possibly as soon as tomorrow.
Wasting no time, she then asked, “if you…
— Mike Lee (@BasedMikeLee) February 1, 2024
This being a swipe at Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
“Whenever The Firm™️ engages in this practice, it largely excludes nearly every senator from the constitutionally prescribed process in which all senators are supposed to participate,” Lee said. “By so doing, The Firm™️ effectively disenfranchises hundreds of millions of Americans—at least for purposes relevant to the legislation at hand—and that’s tragic.”
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