Consultant Dan Crenshaw of Texas, a Republican, was confronted by a number of far-right protestors on the state’s Republican Get together conference over the weekend who focused each his look and political opinions, in response to movies that circulated throughout social media.
Whereas strolling with members of his workers on Saturday, Crenshaw — a former NAVY seal who misplaced his proper eye in a roadside bomb blast throughout a deployment in Afghanistan — could be heard in a single recording being known as “eyepatch McCain” and a “globalist RINO [Republican In Name Only]” by a right-wing social media antagonist.
The taunt evaluating Crenshaw to the late Senator John McCain originated from Fox Information host Tucker Carlson.
Different movies present Crenshaw being verbally accosted on the identical occasion. These filmed accuse Crenshaw of being a “fraud” and a “sellout,” whereas additionally questioning him about so-called “pink flag” gun management legal guidelines and his involvement with the World Financial Discussion board, which has develop into a main goal of on-line conspiracy theorists.
One particular person could be heard shouting within the background that Crenshaw is a “traitor” who “must be hung for treason.”
The incident occurred on the weekend conference the place the Texas Republican Get together adopted a number of excessive far-right measures as a part of their platform. These measures included: Rejecting the outcomes of the 2020 election, labeling homosexuality “an irregular life-style alternative,” and educating college students about “the humanity of the preborn little one.”
Many individuals throughout the political spectrum reacted to the confrontation by each mentioning the present nature of the Republican Get together and by coming to the protection of Crenshaw.
Consultant Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois who serves on the panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, rebel, blasted Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy over the ordeal, noting that he’s “imagined to defend his members.”
“Now granted, Crenshaw isn’t MTG or a loopy, however @GOPLeader nonetheless ought to say one thing. Does McCarthy additionally respect McCains (sic) struggle document?” he tweeted. “Possibly after the speaker race… ya that it.”
“He misplaced his proper eye and virtually misplaced his left. Simply what within the hell do these far-right psychos assume they’re mocking?” added CNN’s Jake Tapper.
The place is Kevin McCarthy? He’s imagined to defend his members. Now granted, Crenshaw isn’t MTG or a loopy, however @GOPLeader nonetheless ought to say one thing.
Does McCarthy additionally respect McCains struggle document?
Possibly after the speaker race… ya that it https://t.co/pNThj4f8Di
— Adam Kinzinger🇺🇦🇺🇸✌️ (@AdamKinzinger) June 19, 2022
He misplaced his proper eye and virtually misplaced his left. Simply what within the hell do these far-right psychos assume they’re mocking? 3/
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 18, 2022
That is completely horrid. Attacking Rep. Dan Crenshaw & mocking his struggle wound from his service as a Navy SEAL, whereas additionally disparaging one other struggle hero, John McCain…All the results of Tucker Carlson’s harmful & repulsive rhetoric on Fox Information. Will Republicans denounce this?! https://t.co/foOIQlZbrb
— Olivia of Troye (@OliviaTroye) June 18, 2022
Anyone discover it fascinating how Republicans consistently speak about how a lot they revere the army, however then they badmouth veterans in their very own occasion like struggle hero John McCain, whose identify has develop into an insult — “Eyepatch McCain” — for an additional adorned veteran, Dan Crenshaw?
— Lauren Windsor (@lawindsor) June 18, 2022
They got here for McCain.
They got here for Pence.
They got here for Crenshaw.
They got here for Cornyn, et al.
Republicans who assume they’ll keep away from it by being “affordable” could possibly be useless incorrect.
However they’re going to act just like the right-wing drawback does not exist.
MAGA devolves into violence & they shrug. https://t.co/KWDktGJrA6
— Steve Shearer (@PiquedPensioner) June 18, 2022
GOP Rep. Don Bacon tells me it’s “disgusting and disgraceful” that Tucker Carlson ever known as Crenshaw “Eyepatch McCain.”
“The man misplaced his eye in fight and for a Fox Commentator to belittle him for it’s beneath him,” Bacon stated. https://t.co/ST6s8YT3nL
— Melanie Zanona (@MZanona) June 18, 2022
Crenshaw was not the one Texas Republican who was harassed on the conference.
Senator Ted Cruz was focused by a far-right activist who known as him each a “coward” and a “globalist,” whereas Senator John Cornyn was booed throughout his speech, largely partially due to his work with Democrats on gun reforms following the Uvalde capturing.