A reporter tried to make Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) appear not to support the 9/11 victim compensation fund act, comparing his accused opposing stance to controversial Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.), but Crenshaw has the last word.
In a since-deleted tweet, a New York Times reporter didn’t use their best fact-checking skills before falsely accusing Crenshaw of “a straight up lie,” claiming he isn’t a co-sponsor of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act, as IJR Red reported.
Crenshaw caught wind of the accusation on Tuesday, telling the reporter — who later apologized — to “check your facts.”
“I am a co-sponsor. Nice try though,” he tweeted, along with an x-ray showing a combat wound in the former Navy SEAL’s skull. “Also, ‘patriotism.'”
Check out the post below:
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) June 12, 2019
Appearing on Fox News late Wednesday, the former Navy SEAL doubled down against the “inexcusable accusation”:
“That is a pretty inexcusable thing to say. You’re going to stand on the graves of 9/11 victim’s and claim that I am not a patriot, that I have not defended this country against the perpetrators of 9/11, that I have not defended this country in order to prevent another 9/11 from happening. That’s a really inexcusable accusation right from the get-go.”
The Republican lawmaker then knocked freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who he says was the “first to try and use this really, really dishonest cynical tactic” in looking through thousands of bills to find out which are not co-sponsored by Republican Congress members.
“And they’re going to claim that you don’t support it because you haven’t had the chance to co-sponsor it,” he added. “That’s absurd.”
Crenshaw noted that the multi-billion dollar bill had just come out of a committee this week when the accusation was made, leaving him little time to do his “due diligence” looking into it.
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Additionally, the Republican lawmaker doubled down on his comments regarding Omar’s controversial 9/11 remark, calling it “sad” while also slamming Democrats for having “succeeded in politicizing” the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act.
As IJR Blue reported, comedian Jon Stewart delivered an emotional testimony before an almost empty room of members of the House Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday about the funding for the 9/11 first responders.
Following Stewart’s testimony, the House committee passed the bill on Wednesday, which will then have a full House vote — the bill initially is set to expire after five years, in 2020, but the new bill has an expiration of 2090.