Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson sharply rebuked Rep. Dan Crenshaw on Wednesday after the Texas Republican rhetorically condemned some of his fellow Republicans as “terrorists.”
What did Crenshaw say?
Crenshaw has called the Republican faction blocking McCarthy “enemies” and claimed they are choosing “celebrity over principles.”
On Wednesday, Crenshaw upped his rhetoric. He accused his Republicans of engaging in “tactics of terrorism” and declared that Republicans “can’t let the terrorists win”.
Crenshaw’s accusations came because Republican infighting has effectively rendered the House of Representatives useless. The legislature cannot begin its work until a new speaker is elected, and unless McCarthy drops out or makes concessions, it may be many days before the impasse is resolved.
What did Carlson say?
In response to Crenshaw on his Fox News show, Carlson chided Crenshaw for constructing loveless dichotomies from McCarthy’s opponents.
Referring to Crenshaw as a “neocon,” Carlson said, “They come out and tell you what they told you about Iraq: you’re either with us or against us. You are on the side of light or darkness. They are good or bad.”
According to Carlson, Crenshaw is engaging in “Soviet-style politics” when he calls the McCarthy opposition “enemies.”
“You may or may not like Kevin McCarthy. Both are allowed,” explained Carlson. “But no matter how you feel, you have to acknowledge, if you’re honest, that people who don’t like Kevin McCarthy have a reason for it. You have real concerns, real problems.
“Instead, he denied her motives, her character, her intelligence, her moral standing,” he continued. “They are ‘narcissists.’ Indeed, and we quote, they are “enemies” now.
“What you just saw as Dan Crenshaw spoke is the snarling face of the donor class finally for all to see. The deep loathing of disobedient voters that is possibly their most passionate secret emotion,” he said. “But they don’t bother to hide that emotion anymore. Now you know how they really feel.”
Did Crenshaw react?
The Texas congressman hit back at Carlson late Wednesday, telling him to “ditch your pearls” and “grow thicker skin.”
“Uncouple your beads,” Crenshaw wrote on twitter. “It’s a figure of speech. You can’t insult, slander, and hold everyone hostage with no way out – and expect me to hit back.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/tucker-responds-crenshaw-terrorists-mccarthy-opponents ‘Soviet-style politics’: Tucker Carlson hits back at Rep. Crenshaw for calling McCarthy opponents ‘terrorists’