US Representative Dan Crenshaw on Saturday responded to a tweet by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the House of Representatives, saying that "it was hardly worth it" to do so.
Appearing on Fox News Channel Watt world On Saturday night, Crenshaw (R-Texas) was questioned about the tweet of Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) in which she stated that the Texas congressman had refused to co-sponsor a bill aimed at support the Victims Compensation Fund on 9/11.
"You refuse to co-sponsor the 9/11 victims' compensation fund, while having the audacity to arouse resentment towards Ilhan with quotes completely out of context." In 2018, the right-wing extremists were at the origin of ALL terrorist murders in the US Why are you going to do something about this? ", wrote the New York congressman in response to a tweet from Crenshaw.
The 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund Bill, formally titled Never Forget Heroes: Permanent Permission of the Victims Compensation Fund Act of September 11, aims to permanently provide money to the fund created after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. World Trade Center and the Pentagon to help survivors and first responders receive compensation for many diseases contracted as a result of exposure to toxic dust and other health risks.
At the beginning of February, the fund announced that it would reduce payments to victims the money available in the fund has declined rapidly with the increase in the number of claims filed. Later in the month, a bipartisan bill was announced by Senators Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.), Kirsten Gillibrand (DN.Y.) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Carolyn B. Maloney (DN .Y.). , Jerrold Nadler (DN.Y.) and Peter King (RN.Y.).
"So [Ocasio-Cortez] Co-sponsor a bill that, incidentally, is not yet part of the committee means that it is so that you defend the victims of 9/11, "said Crenshaw at the request of the & # 39; Fox News host, Jesse Watters, about the Congressman's tweet: "The last time I checked, I thought I had defended the 9/11 victims. I went abroad and tried to make sure that this attack does not happen again. And be sure to fight the enemies who have committed it. "
Crenshaw served five times in ten years as a Navy SEAL, including a tour of Afghanistan where he was hit by an explosion of IED and lost his right eye.
Crenshaw went on to mention Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar, referring to a March speech by the Democratic Member of Parliament to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). During his 20-minute speech, Omar said, "It's been too long since we live with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I have enough, and every Muslim of this country should have enough … CAIR was founded after September 11, because they recognized that some people had done something and that we were all starting to lose access to our civil liberties. "
Omar's speech, especially the phrase "some people did something" was a matter of contention for many conservatives who felt that his remarks were shedding light on terrorist attacks. the New York Post The sentence and a photo of the two towers of the World Trade Center burning have made headlines on the cover of the publication Thursday.
"The fact that they are doubling up and trying to give Ilhan Omar a blanket when all you have to do is say hello, she did not speak out well, maybe she did not meant so. Why do not you say that? "Crenshaw said.
Watters nodded, saying, "All [Omar] to say it's "I was a little too much rocking. Maybe my language was a bit too vague. I know that 3,000 people died on this horrible day and that these "some people" were radical Al-Queda terrorists that we tried to bring to justice. "The host went on to say that Omar was not doing this, but instead of" doubling "his comments before showing a tweet that the congressman posted on April 12th.
"People – and people who knocked out these buildings will hear us all soon!" President George W. Bush
Did Bush downplay the terrorist attack?
And if he was a Muslim, "writes Omar, including a link to a Washington Post fact-finding element that provided context for his CAIR speech.
Crenshaw said that he did not understand Omar's tweet, but agreed with Watters that Democrats use his "sex, his Muslim faith or his race as a shield".
"She says what she wants," Watters said. "It's crazy and completely irresponsible that a congressman sitting … the minute you criticize her, she says," Oh, you're attacking me because I'm Muslim, or that I am a woman, or I am black. . & # 39; "
"It's the worst kind of argumentation," Crenshaw said. "So, what they do, is that they're trying to silence any kind of argument against them." Why? Because they do not really have So, they use identity to try to silence anyone who's sorry, no, that's not how things are done in a democracy, especially among the members. You're supposed to debate ideas if you say something we should call it, that's the purpose of all that, that's why we were elected. "
"So saying that you're not allowed to talk about something because of identities is nonsense," Crenshaw added. "And it 's also a kind of fanatic in itself because you suppose that everyone with a certain skin color or gender should think in a certain way. false, it's the content of your character that counts, these are the ideas you have, and that's what we should be debating here. "
Watters added that if a white man had said what Omar said, he would always be told not to say that.
"It has nothing to do with what it looks like – it's what comes out of its mouth," said the host.
Crenshaw, along with other House Republicans such as Devin Nunes and Matt Gaetz, does not co-sponsor the September 9th Compensation Fund Bill. Only 10 of 36 Texas representatives sponsor the bill, and none of the state senators have signed on to support it.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also did not co-sponsor the bill.
Newsweek contacted Crenshaw to ask why he did not support the bill but did not receive a response before it was released.