To say there's been plenty of drama surrounding the race for Speaker of the House in the last couple of days would be an understatement. Alongside the drama unfolding on the House floor, the attacks against House GOP members who have refused to vote for Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to become the next speaker are ramping up and even coming from other GOP House members.
One of the harshest smears against the 20 holdouts who still refuse to vote for McCarthy came from Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), who accused them of being “terrorists.”
No, Dan. You are entitled to support McCarthy, just as those who are opposed have the right to believe that McCarthy isn't the best person for the job or to insist on changes before they vote for him. That Crenshaw is bad-mouthing other Republicans in this manner is shocking.
Then the situation got even worse. The representative even slammed them on CNN, calling them “narcissists” and “enemies.”
It was straight-up slander. He even claimed that those who opposed McCarthy preferred to follow a “Democrat agenda.” He described them as “clowns.”
Actually, what they’re objecting to is following the Democrat agenda and not receiving the tools they need to effectively represent their constituents, who do not like what the swamp in D.C. has been doing. They're closer to the Republican base than Dan Crenshaw, who seems more inclined to support what he calls the “Democrat agenda.” Why do they have to forfeit their votes and conform to the agenda Crenshaw would like to see?
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson took on Crenshaw's “neo-con” nastiness. He explained that Crenshaw did not address any of the concerns the objectors might have with McCarthy but attacked them, calling them a bunch of bad names.
“What you just saw is the snarling face of the donor class,” Carlson said.
However, Crenshaw displayed just how far out of control he is in his response to Carlson.
“Unclutch your pearls,” Crenshaw exclaimed. “It’s a figure of speech. You can’t insult, slander, and hold everyone hostage with no way out—and not expect me to punch back. Grow thicker skin.”
No, it isn't simply a “figure of speech.” You're the one clutching pearls, Rep. Crenshaw, and yelling at other members for acting in the manner they believe their constituents would like them to behave. You're also spouting off words that Democrats would employ. When Crenshaw slams his fellow Republicans in this manner, he's also heaping insults on the Republican base–the millions of Americans who would like to see some changes. What does he believe will be the outcome? It's not likely to change the minds of those who disagree with him about the issue, and it will destroy him in the eyes of those who still hold a favorable opinion of him. What about taking a look at the opinions of those who have opposed McCarthy to understand the reasoning behind their objections instead of pretending that your opinion is the only option? There are people trying to negotiate in order to reach a compromise; however, Crenshaw isn't doing anything to help.