Crenshaw Jokes That Dems Will Be Doing ‘Mental Gymnastics’ After Hearing from DHS Sec on Border Crisis

Freshman Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) fired a shot at House Homeland Security Committee Democrats on Twitter, telling his followers that he “highly” recommended they “watch Dems do mental gymnastics” during the Wednesday hearing where Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kirstjen Nielsen testified.

The congressman’s tweet — posted early Wednesday morning — went after the Homeland Security Democrats, slamming them for “trying to convince us there is no emergency on the border.” Crenshaw went on in the tweet to bring up the “76,000 illegal crossings last month,” and claiming that it was “the most since 2007.”

The Texas congressman also linked to information about the high number of illegal border crossings in a reply to the initial tweet.

As IJR Red reported, data released by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Tuesday revealed 76,103 people were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico while trying to enter the country illegally in February, the highest number of attempted crossings since President Donald Trump took office and the highest overall since 2007.

Crenshaw, a freshman Republican and former Navy SEAL officer serving on the House Homeland Security Committee, is known for speaking his mind on many issues.

During a Tuesday House Budget Committee hearing over the Republican-backed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was signed into law last year, Crenshaw came out swinging against the Democrats for calling anecdotes about the helpfulness of the tax cuts “imaginative.”

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The conservative congressman slammed Budget Committee Democrats, saying that the two parties’ views on taxes and “the role of government” were “a difference in philosophy” before stating that it was “literally not imagination to bring up anecdotes.”

Nielsen testified before the Democrat-controlled House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday in a hearing over border security, with the committee focusing on President Trump’s emergency declaration, the separation of migrant children from families at the border, and the president’s “zero-tolerance” stance on immigration.