On Sunday, Sanders — a senator from Vermont and one of the 20 Democratic presidential primary candidates still in the race — posted a tweet
“If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, then don’t go to war,” wrote the self-described democratic socialist.
If you can't afford to take care of your veterans, then don't go to war.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 16, 2019
Two days later, on Tuesday, Crenshaw responded to the tweet, saying that seeing the Vermont senator “pander to different groups” to win their votes has “always disgusted” him.
“But now it’s personal,” wrote the former Navy SEAL.
The Texas congressman pointed out that he chose to enter into our nation’s Armed Forces because he “wanted to serve” the country in its time of need and that he did not “go to war” so that politicians like Sanders would “take care of” him.
“I didn’t go to war so that you would take care of me, Bernie,” wrote Crenshaw. “I went because I wanted to serve and our country needed it.”
Watching Bernie pander to different groups to get their vote has always disgusted me, but now it’s personal.
I didn’t go to war so that you would take care of me, Bernie. I went because I wanted to serve and our country needed it. https://t.co/ADhxrvtIA9
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) September 17, 2019
Crenshaw lost his eye from an improvised explosive device during a deployment to Afghanistan in 2012. He returned overseas twice on different deployments before medically retiring from the Navy in 2016.
This is not the first time Crenshaw has criticized Sanders.
As IJR noted, Crenshaw pointed out the “poetic justice” of Sanders’ presidential campaign having to cap working hours for employees after the Vermont senator raised the minimum wage for his campaign, asking “who could have predicted” the outcome.
“You’ve got to laugh at this a little bit. I mean, when this kind of poetic justice where this ill-conceived policy gets manifested right before your very eyes. And I wonder who could have predicted this?”
Crenshaw has railed against other prominent Democrats’ progressive proposals since taking office this year.