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Watch: Crenshaw Busts Schiff, Points to Exact Rule in House Rules Book That Gives GOP Access to Impeachment Docs

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, left, listens as Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought testifies before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, during a hearing on the fiscal year 2020 budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

After weeks of getting nowhere with Schiff and Co. when it comes to being given full access to impeachment inquiry documents and transcripts from the secretive hearings and witness testimonies, dozens of House Republicans finally organized as a group this week to stop talking and start taking action.

They organized a sit-in Wednesday (complete with lunch served) in the SCIF where the witnesses have been questioned, but ultimately did not get what they wanted from Schiff.

Another Republican who took action but in a different way yesterday was Rep. Dan Crenshaw (TX), who tweeted out a video talking about the rules Schiff has made up regarding how this inquiry will be conducted. Here’s how he started out:

“Chairman Adam Schiff says that non-committee members can’t have access to all the hearings and depositions that have been happening with respect to the impeachment inquiry. Is that true?” he wondered.

Crenshaw then pointed to the House Rules and Manual for the current Congress. “Let’s check the House rules,” he stated, opening the book up to page 568 of this document.

Reading the text, Crenshaw said that “Such records shall be the property of the House and each member, meaning we can actually go look at them.”

Here’s a screen grab from the actual rule book, on page 568 (page 567 is where the rules on committee records start):

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At that point, he noted he was going to go downstairs to where the records were kept to see if he would be given access to them.

Watch the video of him pointing out the relevant House rule, and to see what happens when he tries to get access:

He wasn’t allowed to film what was going on inside the secure committee room, but when he came out he stated they would’t let him see anything, saying they repeated the Schiff rule to him about non-committee members and records access.

But Crenshaw said he has spoken to committee members who have also sent letters requesting to see impeachment inquiry documents as well but have also been told no. “Where is the transparency?” Crenshaw asked rhetorically. “There’s none.”

The Democratic clown show continues.

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Dan Crenshaw Slams House Dem Who Called Him a “Racist” Over His Stance Against Illegal Immigrants Voting

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, walks through the halls on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

It is like clockwork that nearly every time a Democrat is asked a question about the controversial and oftentimes anti-Semitical comments made by certain members of The Squad, they will dodge and deflect to so-called “racist” Republicans instead of issuing unequivocal condemnations of members of their own party.

Such was the case earlier this month when freshman Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL) was asked during a town hall about Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN) and the various anti-Semitic statements she’s made.

Instead of making it clear in no uncertain terms that Omar’s remarks were despicable and anti-Semitic in nature, Casten gave a generic response about how Omar’s statements were “horribly inappropriate” before quickly trying to portray the GOP, especially President Trump and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (TX), as the real bad guys in this argument.

Here’s what he said:

“There are people who are afraid to go to a synagogue because they’re afraid they might be shot. I’m not worried about Ilhan Omar,” Casten said. “I’m worried about attacks from that are coming down from the Right and we are far too quick to condemn hatred when it comes out of a mouth of a brown woman with a head scarf than we are to condemn when it comes out of a mouth of a white supremacist.”

He then pivoted to focus on Crenshaw, who introduced an amendment to the resolution, which Casten referred to as racist.

“The last amendment on the floor that day came from Dan Crenshaw, the new Republican, the Navy SEAL with the eye patch. He came up with an amendment to say we’re going to add a rider on this bill that says that illegals can’t vote,” Casten said. “… why are you doing that? The reason you’re doing that is because you are a racist. Because you are trying to appeal to people who will vote for you if you stand up and oppose brown people.”

Watch Casten reply to the question from his constituent below:

Here’s how Crenshaw responded, according to the Daily Wire:

“Rep. Casten, we’ve never met, we’ve never talked. I’ve never insulted you,” he continued. “But instead of articulating a policy position, you resort to petty name-calling, which is a good indication you can’t defend your argument with any sort of intellectual vigor. This is Congress — it’s our job to debate — but please leave you smear tactics at home next time.”

He also followed up with a couple of tweets about Casten, including one recommending people support a Republican who is vying to run against him next year:

Crenshaw’s spokeswoman Kerry Rom went even further, telling the Free Beacon that Casten “should be honest with his constituents and let them know how little he values the power of their vote” in contrast to how he values the idea of illegal immigrants being allowed to vote in U.S. elections.

During his run for Congress last year, Casten equated President Trump to Osama bin Laden and claimed there were “Nazis” working in the White House.

Casten’s 2018 win in Illinois’ 6th Congressional district was the first one by a Democrat in decades. It’s conceivable that this is one seat that has a realistic potential to flip back to red in 2020 with the right candidate.

Stay tuned.

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Watch: Dan Crenshaw Slams the Green New Deal as Useless Socialist Garbage

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, left, listens as Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought testifies before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, during a hearing on the fiscal year 2020 budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw went on Candace Owens podcast to discuss a myriad of topics and among them was New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her laughably unrealistic Green New Deal.

Crenshaw noted that in the military, they have a saying: “Work smarter not harder.” According to Crenshaw, it’s advice that AOC could use when it comes to her proposed legislation to save the planet. He noted that the idea of climate change is actually a pretty accepted idea throughout the populace, but the extent and the cause are certainly up for debate. Specifically, how much man has to do with it.

“We actually all care about the environment, and most people believe in climate change and believe that mankind has something to do with that — how much is scientifically debatable, but there is some effect and we all have an interest in reducing carbon emissions, just having cleaner air, cleaner oceans. It’s something we can get behind,” said Crenshaw. “Young people especially — conservatives and liberals alike really want to hear that message.”

Crenshaw went on to tell Owens that the Green New Deal is really just a delivery system for socialism and, in reality, is a serious solution to environmental healing at all.

“The Green New Deal fundamentally destroys our economy and does a lot of other weird stuff, too,” Crenshaw said. “Basically it’s just a wish list of socialist utopias, as was admitted by [Ocasio-Cortez’s former Chief of Staff Saikat Chakrabarti]. But fundamentally, it is a dogmatic approach to environmentalism, which is solar and wind.”

“Everything has to be solar and wind, there can’t be anything else, including nuclear,” Crenshaw continued. “When you start banning nuclear, that’s how you know they’re not serious about climate change.”

Crenshaw made it clear that Republicans should propose a response of their own and has an idea on how to start.

“Our approach has to be a common-sense approach,” Crenshaw said. “It has to be developing newer, cleaner technology that helps our economy and also helps the world. This is the way that I like to phrase it: we want to focus on 100% of the problem, and you can only focus on 100% of global emissions if you have technology that is exportable, clean, reliable, and cheap.”

Crenshaw made it clear, however, that Democrats just focusing on eliminating 100 percent of American’s emissions will do nothing, as America is only contributing 15 percent of the global emissions. Destroying the economy to eliminate less than a quarter of the earth’s emissions, said Crenshaw, will do nothing.

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Watch: Dan Crenshaw Wrecks the Left’s “Income Inequality” Narrative

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, left, listens as Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought testifies before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, during a hearing on the fiscal year 2020 budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

During a House Committee on the Budget hearing titled “Solutions to Rising Economic Inequality,” Rep. Dan Crenshaw totaled the idea that income inequality is not only a worsening problem in our society, he destroyed the idea that it’s a problem at all.

Speaking to Romesh Ponnuru of the American Enterprise Institute, Crenshaw started off by pointing out the two different ways we tend to look at financial prosperity, opportunities, and the economy which are usually defined by the left and the right’s views on wealth:

So, on the one hand, you have a deep and persistent focus on inequality – it’s defined as the gap between the rich and the poor – and at first glance, that seems pretty reasonable. But in reality, it means you’re dividing your attention. Half your attention is focused on protesting the wealthy – and these days that seems actually where most of the attention is – and that leaves only a small amount of focus on the real issue, which is people in poverty and their ability to move up the economic ladder. This is the kind of backwards thinking that leads to ideas like Andrew Yang’s, where we raise taxes on the rich only to give it right back to them in the form of universal basic income. It’s hard to imagine a more inefficient and ineffective way to reduce poverty.

As a conservative, our approach is different. Instead of creating resentment against success, we focus on who actually needs our help, which is the people who are having trouble moving up the economic ladder. After all, the fact that there’s a much wealthier person down the street from you is not the problem.

Crenshaw then asked Ponnuru whether or not income inequality is worse than ever, especially given all the welfare benefits and inflation. Ponnuru let everyone in the room know that we’ve actually never looked better economically:

No, it does not appear to be true. The Congressional Budget Office’s reports on the distribution of income suggest that income inequality peaked in 2007, that it has been falling since then, and so, we are, I think to some extent, looking at a problem in the rearview mirror. Of course that could change. Maybe next year’s numbers will be different, but the trends over the last decade or so have been toward shrinking inequality.

Crenshaw later dropped some statistics that back up the claim that Americans are more economically prosperous than the left lets on.

“It also turns out that 56% of Americans will at some point in their lives be in the top 10% of earners. 73% of Americans will be in the top 20% of earners in their lifetime. It’s an amazing statistic,” said Crenshaw.

Crenshaw pointed out that this means that the left is right, and the middle class is shrinking, but not because people are becoming impoverished, it’s because they’re moving up in the income brackets. Therefore, the narrative that income inequality is worse than ever is actually wildly inaccurate.

“This is all good news – doesn’t mean we can’t improve – the point is that the rhetoric about inequality is not only inaccurate, but it’s just flat-out unhelpful to the people we are actually trying to help,” said Crenshaw.

Crenshaw’s point was clear. The left gets too preoccupied with income inequality to the point where they actually set up roadblocks for people to become wealthy, or even come up with inane solutions that only make the problem worse like “universal basic income.”

They are effectively relying on socialism, which is a provenly failed method of economic governance, to fix problems that we’re not even having in the first place. At least not on a scale nearly so bad as the left is claiming.

The Daily Wire even backed up Crenshaw’s point by referring to various sources that showed America has been improving for years when it comes to upward economic mobility:

According to AEI’s Mark Perry, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, from 1967 to 2017, the percentage of high-income households in the United States increased from 9% to 29.2%. Meanwhile, the percentage of low-income households decreased from 37.2% to 29.5%. The share of middle-income households did shrink (from 53.8% to 41.3%), but many moved upward.

A 2018 publication from Pew Research states: “From 1971 to 2011, the share of adults in the middle class fell by 10 percentage points. But that shift was not all down the economic ladder. Indeed, the increase in the share of adults who are upper income was greater than the increase in the share who are lower income over that period, a sign of economic progress overall.”

While Crenshaw is right, and we can always improve, we need to begin looking at ways to use positive solutions for the economy instead of continuously resorting to solutions to “even the playing field.” The goal isn’t to be even, the goal is to get ahead. Onward and upward.

 

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Dan Crenshaw: The Release of Trump/Zelensky Call Transcript Is Bad News … for Joe Biden

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As I wrote earlier today, the newly-released transcript of the July phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ultimately turned out to be a nothingburger in spite of Democratic protestations to the contrary.

It largely corroborated Trump’s account, as Amber Athey notes:

While commentators will be arguing endlessly in the coming days and weeks as to whether or not Trump’s call rises to the level where impeachment would be imperative (it doesn’t), I think an indisputable conclusion after reading the transcript is that over the long term what Trump talked about with Zelensky will end up hurting Joe Biden more than it does Trump.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) is one high profile Republican Congressman who echoed this point on the Twitter machine in the aftermath of the Big Reveal:

That’s the short version of why the transcript is bad news for Biden.

Erielle Davidson at The Federalist wrote a more detailed explainer this morning on how a renewed focus on Biden’s admitted role in the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor could ultimately backfire on both the Democratic presidential frontrunner and his party:

Despite the left’s attempts to focus the hysteria on the allegations, there is plenty amiss about Joe Biden’s involvement in Ukraine, events that are genuinely worthy of investigation. While serving as vice president, Joe Biden pressured Ukraine to fire its prosecutor general, who was then investigating the natural gas company paying Biden’s son as much as $55,000 per month to sit on its board. Biden can be seen here bragging about his role in having the prosecutor removed.

In an era in which the left perpetually accuses Trump of corruption and nepotism, it would be an uncomfortable endeavor for the left to explain how Biden’s desire to fire Ukraine’s top prosecutor had nothing to do with the fact that the prosecutor was investigating his son’s company.
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Biden has been polling as the candidate most able to beat Trump in the general election. Thus, as Democrats push for impeachment proceedings against Trump on the basis of the Ukraine phone call, what they are really advocating for is a full-blown investigation of arguably their most electable candidate.

The Democrats oversold Russiagate bigly and as a result, the American people do not have an appetite for impeachment. It’s not hard to see how the left’s latest feverish push for ousting Trump from office in response to his phone call with the Ukrainian president may also fail in a similar fashion, except this time the effort has the potential to take down the likely Democratic presidential nominee with it.

That would be off-the-charts ironic. I’m stocking up on the popcorn.

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Watch: Anti-Trump Veterans Group Says Dan Crenshaw “Hid” From Their Questions, but Video Tells Different Story

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, left, listens as Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought testifies before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, during a hearing on the fiscal year 2020 budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

An anti-Trump veterans group called “Common Defense” posted video to their Twitter account Thursday of two men described as combat veterans aggressively following Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) to an elevator while questioning his support for President Trump.

The group, which bills itself as “the country’s only veteran-led grassroots organization committed to engaging, training and mobilizing veterans to elect accountable leaders and promote progressive values in 2020 and beyond”, is in favor of impeaching the President. Crenshaw, a wounded war veteran who served multiple tours in Afghanistan, is not.

In a teaser they published along with the video, the group states “GOP Rep @DanCrenshawTX hid in an elevator today when combat vets confronted him about his support for Donald Trump.” Watch the 2+ minute video below:

“[We have confirmed] the identities of the men as U.S. Army veterans Jason Hurd, 40, and Alan Pitts, 36, a Purple Heart recipient,” Newsweek reported.

It’s not my place to get in the middle of a “veteran vs. veteran” battle, but this video angered me for a number of reasons:

1) Crenshaw did not “hide” from anyone. The video clearly shows attempts by Crenshaw, who maintained his composure, to engage in conversation within 20 seconds of the encounter starting.

Once they made it to the elevator, Crenshaw pointed out it was a “members only” elevator. There’s a reason it’s stipulated that way for members of Congress and their staff that pretty much everyone should understand (safety and security, hello?). It had nothing to do with “hiding.”

2) As Crenshaw pointed out, they were there to make a video, not to have a dialogue. This was to promote their group, not to have a substantive back and forth. Crenshaw tried a number of times to respond to what was being said but the guy stalking him just continued to talk over him, actually questioning his commitment to his country.

3) At one point, the guy on Crenshaw’s heels says “you need to get your courage back, man.” He said this to a Navy SEAL who lost his eye in combat, and who then decided to continue to serve his country once he came home by running for Congress. I don’t think he needs a lecture on courage from anyone.

I asked people on my Twitter feed to give me their takes on what happened, and was especially interested in takes from military veterans. Here are some of the responses:

(Duke confirmed with me that he actually meant to say Crenshaw “would not owe political allegiance” to combat veterans even if he wasn’t one himself.)

Sadly, instead of doing actual journalism on this story, Newsweek decided to write about it using the very same biased take Common Defense gave:

Apologies for the typos in that last tweet. By that point I was really annoyed, not just with how Common Defense had falsely portrayed what happened, but with Newsweek treating the group’s spin as the gospel truth.

This is clearly a case of a blockbuster story not coming anywhere close to living up to the hype. The actual footage shows a far different story than how both Common Defense and Newsweek spun it. In reality, Crenshaw handled what happened in a much classier way than how others in a similar position would have.

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The Bulwark Conserves Conservatism By Criticizing Dan Crenshaw and White Knighting for AOC

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., makes an objection to a Republican argument as the House Oversight and Reform Committee considers whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents related to the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

So much conserving of conservatism. Where would we be without these people?

Bill Kristol’s outfit over at the The Bulwark is doing what it always does. Going after real Republicans while claiming to hold the mantle as the only true conservatives left.

Today’s target was Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a rising star within the GOP, war veteran, and committed conservative voice. If you missed it, he and AOC got into a rather stupid exchange (on her part) in which she suggested that he shouldn’t let his friends borrow firearms because they “have likely” abused their spouses.

It went on like that for a few more tweets with AOC doing her typical mean girls snark while not actually making a salient point.

While the media will no doubt take her side, you’d expect “conservative” media to recognize the vapidness of AOC’s argument and push back on it. Instead, The Bulwark ran with this hot take.

There are a number of problems with this scenario Crenshaw lays out. The first is giving a loaded weapon to somebody who may not be trained to or capable of wielding it. The second is knowing what the laws are. Giving a firearm to a stranger or acquaintance is a bad idea, no matter how noble the intent. Firearm makers and dealers enjoy some protection from civil liability because it makes sense; individuals don’t have federal protection, civil or criminal. And then there are the many issues involved with crossing state lines and different laws in different jurisdictions.

If I may generalize about Texas for a second, about 35 percent of people there are estimated to own firearms. Non-gun-owning Texans are probably more likely to have experience with guns than, say, a writer from Brooklyn. That does not make lending them a handgun for travel a good idea. Even if it is legal. (And, especially if you’re a member of Congress.)

If you know anything about The Bulwark, you can probably guess this is an article by Jim Swift.

Does he think Crenshaw is just going to hand his gun to random people? When I was a teenager, I used to borrow an uncle’s rifle to hunt with. He knew I was properly trained, having taken a hunter’s safety course and fulfilled the state’s requirements. There were never any issues and because I didn’t have a deer lease of my own, I only went a few times a year. It was simply easier to borrow the gun.

In self-defense situations, perhaps it is less common to loan a firearm. But that makes it no less worthy of a right to maintain. If I choose to give my gun to a family member while I’m at work, that’s my choice. As long as they are legal and capable, it’s really none of Jim Swift’s business. Crenshaw also does bring up the hunting example as well, which is probably the more frequent occurrence.

To be fair, the article does point out that AOC’s response is in bad faith, but the overarching issue here is greater than just this Twitter exchange.

Conservatives need allies they can trust on gun control. They don’t need a conservative “intellectual” class that is so in love with their own voice that they will talk their way out of their 2nd Amendment rights just to appear above the fray to the beltway. Whether Crenshaw’s example of self-defense is widespread or not is beside the point and not something that should earn him a snarky rebuttal. Does the right Crenshaw asserts exist or not? Swift doesn’t answer that question because of course he doesn’t. Better to snipe from the sidelines.

Swift ends with this typical line.

But these are all hypotheticals. And neither Crenshaw nor AOC are really adding much to the debate. Such is 2019.

This “let me make a false equivalency and criticize both sides to appear smart and fair” act is growing old from some of the supposed right. Take a stand already. Do you support the 2nd Amendment or not? Whether you do or don’t, at least lay out your position so we can judge how conservative it actually is. That’s asking a lot though. Conservatism has simply been a means to gain power for a lot of these people. It just so happens that a lot of them now write for The Bulwark.

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AOC to Dan Crenshaw: Why are you lending your guns to friends who are likely to be domestic abusers and criminals?

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As I write this, the right side of political Twitter is eagerly awaiting her clarification of the tweet below. She can’t mean to imply what it seems like she’s implying, can she?

I don’t think so. Whatever dark views AOC and her fellow travelers in the DSA might hold about the kind of people who serve in America’s military, they’re smart enough not to air those views at a moment when they’re trying to break into the political mainstream.

This is probably a product of simple dimwittery. She lost her comms person recently, remember. We can’t expect her to communicate effectively on her own.

Obviously, what Crenshaw means when he says he wouldn’t be “able” to lend his friends guns under a UBC regime is that having to perform and pay for the check would make it enough of a hassle as not to be worth doing. Not that his friends would fail the background check.

But when you think of right-wingers generally and gun owners specifically as evil, naturally that might not occur to you. And so:

What she means to say (I think?) is that people looking to borrow guns are more likely than the average person to fail a background check. That may be true in the aggregate: It stands to reason that a group that’s barred from purchasing weapons under the law is more apt to seek out other means, like loans from a friend, to get their hands on one. But by no means does that mean the average gun borrower is “likely,” i.e. more likely than not, to be a domestic abuser or convicted felon. I suspect most people who borrow guns do so for no more sinister reason than that their friend owns an interesting weapon that they want to test at the range and they don’t want to have to lay out hundreds or thousands of dollars to buy their own.

It’d be like me claiming that we’re “likely” to see a strong anti-military influence in American politics, replete with malicious insinuations about the criminal character of veterans, from the AOC wing of the Democratic Party. Would that be fair? I don’t think they’re likely, i.e. more likely than not, to go that route. But are they more likely than the average Democrat to do so? Oh, you betcha. Unquestionably.

Crenshaw didn’t care for the implication about his friends:

The background checks bill that’s circulating in the House does allow for gun lending but only in circumstances more limited than the one Crenshaw describes — you can lend a weapon to a friend if he’s going to the range or going hunting, if he’s physically in your presence at all times, or if the loan is urgently needed for protection in a life-threatening situation. Lending them a gun for general self-defense purposes while traveling wouldn’t be covered. The question Crenshaw will need to answer as this percolates in the media is what he proposes to do about the worst-case scenario imagined by Ocasio-Cortez, when a friend comes by asking to borrow a gun and then goes out and commits a crime with it. Assume that only later does the lender find out that his buddy was barred from purchasing a weapon due to a previous criminal conviction. What liability should a lender bear in that situation, when he’s *unwittingly* enabled a violent crime to occur that a UBC system might have prevented? (It’s already a crime to lend a gun to someone whom you know is prohibited from purchasing one.)

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Video: Dan Crenshaw Smashes Anti-Electoral College Arguments Made by Chris Hayes and the NYT’s Jamelle Bouie

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Red State’s Thomas LaDuke wrote last month about the left’s aggressive push to abolish the Electoral College on grounds that it somehow punishes minority voters. The movement was recently amplified in an Instagram Live video done by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) as well as tweets she posted claiming black, Latino, and Indian voters were being “disenfranchised” by the Electoral College.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) had the audacity to respond to AOC’s claims at the time:

… which prompted Democrats like MSNBC’s Chris Hayes to make laughable arguments about how “if [the Electoral College] wasn’t specifically in the Constitution for the presidency, it would be unconstitutional”:

And in a lengthy piece were he absurdly argued AOC “understands democracy better than Republicans do” (which she retweeted), New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie asserted that arguments like Crenshaw’s in favor of the EC are “part and parcel of the drive to make American government a closed domain for a select, privileged few.”

In other words, racism, y’all. Because when all else fails, that is the card Democrats like to play.

In the middle of the Labor Day holiday weekend, Crenshaw clapped back in a video response in which he countered Hayes, Bouie, and other Democrats like AOC on abolishing the EC:

“A Republic is more stable,” Crenshaw said in the video. “It’s also more representative of the entirety of the country.”

He went on to note that a Republic has “institutional checks and balances between the three branches of government and an emphasis on state’s rights, so it’s really difficult to ram through sweeping policy that affects the entirety of the country.”

Crenshaw also stated that “because we have an equally apportioned Senate and Electoral College, it means smaller states have a voice. Smaller, more rural states actually have a voice both in the Congress and when electing our president.”

Watch his full video response below:

He also posted a series of tweets on this topic:

Well done.

Related –>> Boom: GOP Spokeswoman Drops A MOAB On Stacey Abrams’ Argument Against The Electoral College

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Dan Crenshaw Explains His Talk of Red Flag Laws and Encourages Debate Over Emotion

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Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw caused a bit of an uproar when he revealed that he’d be in support of a red flag law, or in other words, a state action whereby your guns are confiscated by the government if you’re deemed a risk to society in some way.

The Republican, conservative, and Libertarian members of society came down hard on Crenshaw and Trump when the idea of a red flag law was brought to the forefront.

However, Crenshaw noted in a video posted to Twitter that what he would consider a viable red flag law doesn’t look like something Democrats would propose.

“Earlier this week, President Trump indicated his support for something called red flag laws. I stated on Twitter that maybe we should consider them at the state level, maybe we should have a conversation about it, and it should be a conversation,” said Crenshaw.

“Unfortunately, that’s not what happened,” he continued. “What came out of it instead was hate-filled comments, a lot of emotion, a lot of anger, a lot of memes – a lot of memes that could be improved.”

Crenshaw continued by noting that even mentioning the term sent right-leaning Americans into the idea that they had been betrayed and shutting out any conversation about it.

“Clearly even the words ‘red flag law’ just emotionally triggered a lot of people, made you guys really mad at me. It seemed that no amount of explanation was able to quell your fears or convince you otherwise, convince you that somehow the president and I had not betrayed you,” Crenshaw said. “That is not true, of course, and it’s sad that many of you think that, it really is.”

“When we say ‘red flag laws,’ you guys stop listening,” he continued. “You can’t hear what we’re suggesting because, understandably, you automatically assume that we’re just agreeing with the left’s version of that law and we all know that the left’s version would not be good, it would not protect due process. But as it turns out, that isn’t what we’re talking about at all.”

Crenshaw noted the importance of due process when crafting anything like a red flag law.

“Making sure that due process could not be abused is at the heart of any conservative solution to the supposed red flag laws. In our version of what those would look like, I’ve laid out specific safeguards that would have to be in place for us to support any type of red flag law,” Crenshaw said.

Crenshaw was careful to note that his looking into red flag laws does not mean he was currently crafting any legislation as of yet, and made sure to tell his listeners that he understands the right’s fears of red flag laws.

“Here’s the thing, I understand your fears about bad red flag laws. Red flag law is a general concept,” he explained. “There could be good ones and there can be bad ones. You should be against the bad ones, as I am.”

The tricky part about red flag laws is that they’re easily corruptable or expanded once they’re put in place. Should a shooting occur in a state that has a red flag law in place, calls for expansions on it with inevitably rise and that state would be put in danger of having oppressive and abusive rules put on it in the name of “gun safety.”

Crenshaw urged that nothing can change unless we have an actual conversation about it, instead of resorting to emotional reactions.

“The whole purpose of what the president did, and what I am doing, in trying to start a conversation about this is so that we take control of the narrative and propose solutions that actually do protect due process rights,” Crenshaw said. “[Let’s] ensure that we aren’t on the sidelines when Democrats are proposing blatantly unconstitutional laws that would not protect your due process.”

“It’s a conversation that conservatives have actually been having for a very long time. It’s not new at all and it definitely does not deserve the emotional reaction that it has gotten,” he added. “We are better than that. Let’s be better than that.”

(h/t: Daily Wire)

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