The Minnesota Democrat found herself under fire after a video surfaced from an event in late March in which she had seemingly downplayed the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, as “some people did something.”
Crenshaw, a Navy SEAL veteran, told NBC on Friday that he doesn’t believe Omar’s remark was taken out of context.
“All Rep. Omar had to do is really, I don’t know, explain herself,” Crenshaw said. He added:
“[She can] say whatever she wants, say she didn’t mean it, I don’t know. Diffuse the situation, but don’t double down, all right? Don’t play the victim card. Don’t start making accusations of me. I just think that was uncalled for.
This is the height of partisanship. When we can’t just come together and properly assume that we should not diminish the acts of 9/11 by saying things like, ‘Some people did something.’ That’s not what happened, and we should come together and take note of that.”
Watch the video below:
This week was a new low in partisanship & dishonesty.
I watched in disbelief as some covered for Omar by coming after me with lies & absurd claims that I don’t support 9/11 victims.
What a disgusting, dishonest tactic.
Why turn this into a political football?
Full NBC int: pic.twitter.com/sVXvzHDPnP
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) April 12, 2019
The Republican lawmaker defended himself, tweeting on Wednesday that he “never called [Omar] un-American” and “did not incite any violence against [her].”
First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as “some people who did something”.
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) April 9, 2019
This is dangerous incitement, given the death threats I face. I hope leaders of both parties will join me in condemning it.
My love and commitment to our country and that of my colleagues should never be in question. We are ALL Americans! pic.twitter.com/foTZMpiZKv
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 10, 2019
Crenshaw made it clear that “when someone calls out a public official for things they said, it is not endangering their life or inciting violence.”
“Claiming otherwise is just an attempt to silence your critics,” he added.
Just so we are clear on basic notions of reality:
When someone calls out a public official for things they said, it is not endangering their life or inciting violence.
Claiming otherwise is just an attempt to silence your critics.
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) April 13, 2019
You refuse to cosponsor the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund, yet have the audacity to drum resentment towards Ilhan w/completely out-of-context quotes. In 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost ALL US domestic terrorist killings. Why don’t you go do something about that?
This didn’t go over well, as Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) called out Ocasio-Cortez’s “disgraceful” comment in an interview on Friday.
“I would just remind her he lost an eye in Afghanistan defending her freedom, and I think she ought to go thank him for that,” Cheney said, as IJR Red reported.