Crenshaw responds to Tucker’s ‘Eyepatch McCain’ insult: ‘Juvenile … you know you’ve lost the debate’

(Video: Fox News)

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, who only days ago squabbled publicly with Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene over his vote on a $40 billion aid package to Ukraine, is now squabbling with Fox News host Tucker Carlson over the same matter.

The feud technically started Sunday when Crenshaw told Fox News host Trey Gowdy that anyone who’s arguing that America needs to spend its money and resources on its own problems, such as the baby formula shortage, instead of sending the money overseas is spouting “pro-Russia” talking points.

It wasn’t the first instance of him using such rhetoric. Back in March, he practically accused Fox News host Rachel Campos-Duffy of repeating “Putin’s talking points.” He doubled down during a podcast discussion in April, equating opposition to the U.S. using up its resources on behalf of Ukraine to a “war on the West.”

Carlson found the latest attack insulting and demeaning, so he fired back in kind during a Monday segment of Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“Why is Congress so focused on Ukraine but you can’t find baby formula? According to Congressman Dan Crenshaw of Texas, asking questions like that or really any questions at all, thinking you are a citizen, makes you ‘pro-Russia,'” he said.

During a discussion later with former Democrat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, he again slammed Crenshaw.

“The more I think about it, it takes a lot of gall for eyepatch McCain to attack moms who’re worried about baby formula as ‘pro-Russia.’ I mean, that’s probably one of the most outrageous things I’ve ever heard. Why not just answer the question? Why the attacks?” he said.

His “eyepatch McCain” remark was a reference both to Crenshaw’s eyepatch, which he wears because he lost his eye while fighting overseas and to the late Sen. John McCain, who’d been a notorious war hark.

Crenshaw responded to Carlson’s attack a day later in a statement to The Daily Caller: “You hurl juvenile insults when you know you’ve lost the debate. I stand by every word I said in my interview with Trey Gowdy,” he said.

He also posted tweets encouraging his critics to watch his full discussion with Gowdy, asserting that he stands by everything he’d said, and arguing that it’s possible to both take care of domestic problems and also fund Ukraine’s war with Russia.

Critics fired back by …

One, drawing attention to all the money that America wasted in Afghanistan and Iraq:

Two, noting that $40 billion is a lot to spend on another country when “we are in economic and inflationary turmoil”:

And three, pointing out that Ukraine is full of corruption:

Dovetailing back to Carlson’s “eyepatch McCain” remark, it also attracted the attention of McCain’s daughter, Meghan.

In a tweet posted late Monday, she described the Fox News host’s take as “trash.”



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