I already liked Texas Representative-elect Dan Crenshaw, but I’m liking him more every day. He was a heroic Navy SEAL who continued his service even after losing an eye in an I.E.D. attack. When he was mocked on “SNL,” he declined to demand an apology, suggested they donate to a military charity instead, then went on the show to forgive the comic who mocked him and make a plea for all Americans to show appreciation to veterans and first responders. And he hasn’t even joined Congress yet, but this past weekend, he made two more TV appearances that both deserve a standing ovation for his bursting of over-inflated anti-Trump media bubbles with the sharp needle of truth.
First, on CNN’s “State of the Union,” two Democrats slammed President Trump for missing the Veterans’ Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery (the left is currently trying to pump up a ridiculous narrative that Trump is the least military-friendly President ever.)
Crenshaw, who has more gravitas on this issue than the other guests, said, “Well, I’ve been to Arlington multiple times to bury my friends, at least two funerals there that I’ve attended and gone back occasionally.” He also noted that he knows Trump personally, and knows how he embraces Gold Star families, and while he would have liked for Trump to go to Arlington, he’s not offended if he misses a ceremony. He explained, “What affects us is, are you giving us a clear mission, are you giving us the equipment we need to do it, are you raising pay for the military? He has done all of these things. That’s what matters to me as a veteran.”
For the record, Trump admitted it might have been a mistake to miss that ceremony, but he was at Arlington on Memorial Day, and three of the four Presidents who preceded him also missed that ceremony on some occasions, including decorated World War II veteran, George H.W. Bush. Also, I should add that Trump didn’t send an overextended, under-manned, under-funded military to face dangerous, nearly impossible situations while handcuffed by suicidally-PC “rules of engagement.”
Crenshaw’s next great moment came when CBS’s “Face the Nation” brought on several newly-elected Representatives, and the Democrats were only too happy to parrot the nonsensical notion that Trump is somehow “undermining our democracy.”
Colorado Democratic Rep.-elect Joe Neguse played the now well-worn tune: “I think that right now it's important for this majority in the House to engage in some really critical oversight of an Administration that is undermining a lot of critical freedoms for folks in our country. When I say save our democracy, I mean precisely that. I think some of our democratic freedoms and the principles that we live by have been under attack for the better part of the last two years." (As always, note that he felt perfectly free to say that on national TV with no fear whatsoever of the guillotine or the gulag.)
But while CBS talking heads might let that pass unchallenged, Crenshaw was having none of it. He dared to ask the obvious follow-up question that’s gone unspoken for two years now:
“What is he undermining exactly? You know, what democratic freedoms have been undermined? We just had an election where we switched power in the House. Democracy is at work. People are voting in record numbers."
The Democrats, expecting the media simply to swallow their talking points like free drinks at a press junket, had no ready answer. Democratic Rep.-elect Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania tried the hilarious gambit that revoking CNN “reporter” Jim Acosta’s White House press pass for acting like a jerk was an “attack on democracy.” She claimed that Trump "is consistently disruptive” in press conferences (because he argues with the press when they disrupt and insult him rather than just standing there and taking it?) in what she called "literally an attack on the press." That’s “literally” an attack on the press in the same way that Trump is “literally” Hitler, I guess.
Again, Crenshaw took careful aim and coolly blew away their hysteria. He replied, "I've literally been attacked. So I, don't — let's choose our words carefully."
He went on to give them a friendly lecture on the difference between holding policy disagreements that can be debated civilly and accusing your opponent of “undermining democracy” and “being a bad person fundamentally.” It was a refreshing dose of mature common sense the type of which you’re about as likely to hear on a major network political talk show as you are to hear Trump finish a sentence without being interrupted by Jim Acosta.
Democrats use these ridiculous, hyperbolic misrepresentations of their opponents’ motives and character for two reasons: (1.) they work on their base, as witness their takeover of the House with no coherent policy platform whatsoever; and (2.) they’ve got nothing else, because every policy they believe in has repeatedly been proven to be a miserable failure (“Hey, here’s a winning new idea: try socialism again!”)
The media have been helpfully echoing the left’s transparently bogus claims for over two years now, starting from “Trump colluded with Russia to steal the election" to “Trump is taking our freedoms away” (you mean like the right to freely express our religious beliefs without fear of government reprisal? I thought he was bringing that back) to “Trump supporters are Nazis and fascists and white supremacists” to “Trump is undermining democracy” and is “literally Hitler.” Anyone who knows anything about history -- real history, not the kind currently taught in elite institutions of indoctrination -- should grasp instinctively that if Trump really were a Hitler-like tyrant/dictator, there wouldn’t have been an election at all. There wouldn’t be a Democratic House (or a House at all, or federal judges) to oppose him. There wouldn’t be a Mueller investigation, there wouldn’t be regular White House press conferences, and there wouldn’t be a Jim Acosta. It wouldn’t just be his press pass that disappeared.
Hitler did not deal with his critics by giving them mean nicknames on whatever the 1930s equivalent of Twitter was. That’s not even as bad as what Obama did to the press (like secretly declaring a Fox News reporter to be a possible criminal co-conspirator so the government could spy on his privates communications to discover his sources – talk about branding a reporter an “enemy of the state!”). And the media loved Obama more than a cool drink on a hot day.
Claiming that not only journalism and democracy but the First Amendment itself are under “attack” because one disruptive egomaniac who can’t follow simple rules of decorum got tossed out of a press conference shows a highly overdeveloped sense of unearned moral superiority and a woeful lack of awareness of what the word “attack” means. It was a high-five moment to see someone with genuine moral authority and personal experience with what a real “attack” is finally set them straight.
Dan Crenshaw hasn’t even taken office yet, and already, some Republicans are talking about him as a possible Presidential candidate in 2024. It might be a little early for that, but he’s certainly on the right track so far. Maybe he could even show some bipartisan kindness to his future colleague, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, give her some remedial lessons on the Constitution, and point out to her why she can’t run for President in 2020 when she’s 30.