Dan Crenshaw rips the ‘new right’, claims populist movement’s rhetoric is ‘very left-wing’

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Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw flexed his establishment bona fides during a podcast discussion this Wednesday by slamming the growing anti-war, anti-establishment “new right,” i.e., the populist right, and taking a shot at one of his colleagues.

He did so during a broader discussion with author Douglas Murray about the left’s war on Western institutions and traditions.

At one point, Murray opined, “The nature of conservatism is that there has to be some trust in institutions. Here’s the problem as I see it in America: All the institutions, to some extent, betrayed that trust of the people by politicizing themselves.”

This triggered Crenshaw into an anti-populist monologue.

Listen from the 14:10 mark below:

“What’s interesting about the psychology of this is … conservatives generally have this healthy paranoia of government that can, if taken to an extreme, turn into an unhealthy paranoia. And so what happens is, like, you see a mistake here, you see a transgression here — because in the end, these are human institutions — and then you decide that the entire institution is at fault, that it’s rubbish, it needs to be thrown out with everything else. Throw the baby out with the bathwater because it’s all so corrupted,” he said.

“You hear this exact kind of narrative from the populist right, the ‘new right’ or whatever they call themselves. I mean, it’s difficult to really land on exactly what they believe. I’m not even sure we disagree on basic policies, but their rhetoric is very revolutionary, it’s very liberal, it’s very left-wing. And what’s interesting is that’s kind of exactly what the war on the West is. You take the worst of something and then you decide to paint the whole of it in that way.”

“So I guess the conclusion that we might come up with is everybody’s doing it, and I put this out to the right all the time. There’s a lot of logical fallacies, a lot of cognitive dissonance that happens on the left. There’s cancel culture, there’s emotional thinking, there’s this belief that everything is good versus evil. You know what? It happens on the right too, and if you don’t acknowledge it, you’re crazy,” Crenshaw added.

While he didn’t name names, he may have been referring to populists like Fox News’ Rachel Campos-Duffy, who’s been a fierce critic of the U.S. involvement in the war in Ukraine.

During a discussion with her last month, Crenshaw slammed conservatives like her who he said “repeat Putin’s talking points.” He claimed at the time that he wasn’t speaking about Campos-Duffy in particular, but that’s not the impression he’d left.


(Video: Fox News)

During the podcast discussion Wednesday, Crenshaw also took shots at Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, with whom he’s publicly beefed several times.

At one point, Murray opined, “There are people certainly on the American right … who seem to me utterly ignorant of their own side of the argument and utterly ignorant of all of the traps that lie in their way. I mean, I heard Marjorie Taylor Greene some time ago talk about having attended a conference.”

Recall that Greene faced massive slack for attending a conference hosted by young, far-right activist Nick Fuentes. Crenshaw was among the Republicans who chastised her at the time. He appeared to chastise her again during the podcast discussion.

“We have to acknowledge, just because somebody wears your jersey and screams super loud and acts like a real cheerleader for you, it doesn’t mean you want them on your team. It doesn’t mean they’re good at playing the game, right, just because they’re the loudest,” he said.

While there hasn’t been much response to Crenshaw’s podcast thus far, likely because not that many people admittedly watch it, the types of tweets regularly sent to the congressman suggest that many among the populist base view him no differently than establishment “swamp” Republicans like Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, to name a few.

Critics say he’s earned this designation for being so unequivocally pro-war and so viciously opposed to more outspoken colleagues like Greene.



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