Congressman Dan Crenshaw is standing up for Trump supporters after another representative compared them to Nazi Germany.
Crenshaw posted his response on Twitter to Representative Hank Johnson’s speech at Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta. As IJR previously reported, he repeatedly insulted President Donald Trump and people who supported him during the speech.
“Americans elected an authoritarian, an anti-immigrant, racist strongman to the nation’s highest office,” Johnson said. “Americans, particularly black Americans, can’t afford to make that same mistake about the harm that could be done by a man named Hitler or a man named Trump.”
After comparing the president to Hitler, he then insulted voters, saying they suffered from addictions and were unhappy.
“Many are dying from alcoholism, drug overdoses, liver disease, or simply a broken heart caused by economic despair,” Johnson said.
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA): "Donald Trump and his Make America Great Again followers…are older, less educated, less prosperous, and they are dying early. Their life spans are decreasing, and many are dying from alcoholism, drug overdoses, liver disease, or simply a broken heart." pic.twitter.com/YYmwopUZDm
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 3, 2019
However, Crenshaw slammed the insults, saying that it was extreme to compare the two.
“President Trump is a lot of things, but he’s not Hitler. He didn’t kill millions of people. He didn’t start a world war. He doesn’t have any concentration camps,” Crenshaw said. “And to accuse him of being Hitler is intellectually dishonest, and frankly, a huge insult to the millions of Jews who died under Nazi Germany.”
He also pointed out issues with Johnson’s comments about voters, saying that it was unfair to generalize every person who supports Trump.
“If you want to insult President Trump, at least you’re picking on someone your own size — at least you’re picking on somebody who can fight back,” Crenshaw said. “But you went on to insult, degrade, and demean tens of millions of Americans who voted for him. This is a cowardly form of politics.”
The congressman has been very outspoken about civility in politics and requested Johnson to focus on addressing issues with lawmakers instead of voters.
“This is not the behavior we expect from a member of Congress,” Crenshaw said. “So I’ll leave you with this. Pick on somebody your own size. Pick on me if you like. My office will be right down the hall from yours.”