As IJR previously reported, Sanders tweeted on Sunday, “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, then don’t go to war,” in which Crenshaw responded on Tuesday with a scorching remark.
“Watching Bernie pander to different groups to get their vote has always disgusted me, but now it’s personal,” Crenshaw tweeted.
Crenshaw — a Navy SEAL veteran — told Sanders over Twitter that he “didn’t go to war” so that the senator could “take care” of him, but he went because he “wanted to serve and our country needed it.”
Speaking on “Fox & Friends” on Thursday, Crenshaw doubled down against Sanders.
“On a deeper level, I have always disliked it when politicians start pandering to veterans and telling us how bad we have it and that if we just vote for them that they’ll fix all of our problems,” Crenshaw said, adding, “That is just not true it.
The Texas representative blasted Sander for the “really false choice” on why military personnel chooses to go to war. He noted that the decision is made out of the “best interest of our country,” not “about being taken care of” later on.
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“Now, of course, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take care of our veterans,” Crenshaw added.
“But this is also another, I think, falsehood that Bernie is spreading. This is a bipartisan issue, taking care of our veterans and improving the VA [Department of Veterans Affairs]. […] And he knows that. But what he’s doing is he is trying to rile people up. He’s trying to make people angry. He’s trying to tell veterans that they are victims. And that only he can take care of them.”
Crenshaw declared that the 2020 Democrats remark is a “dishonest way to do politics” and “he should be called out for it.”