- GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw rebuked his own party’s violent rhetoric following the Mar-a-Lago raid.
- Lawmakers like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green have called for a freeze on FBI funding.
- Crenshaw said most Republicans are not calling for violence.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw, Republican of Texas, blamed some of the “crazy rhetoric” coming from his own party following the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.
He cited comments from GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene that Congress should protect FBI funding, particularly following the investigation into Trump’s former home state of Florida.
“It’s crazy. And it makes us look like radical Democrats, right? And so Marjorie and the AOC can join the law enforcement club if they want,” Crenshaw told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday.
Crenshaw told Tapper that 99% of Republicans are not on the same “train” as Green.
We want accountability, we want transparency.
He said the criticism from most Republicans is “deserved” but not the kind of rhetoric that drives “crazy” people to attack the FBI from a few voices.
“This is completely wrong. But that’s not where 99 percent of the Republicans are, of course,” he said in a violent speech.
However, Crenshaw said there is a two-tiered approach to dealing with Democrats and Republicans.
“I can tell you Republicans get upset when they hear that kind of criticism — last time I checked, even the White House spokesman was saying, ‘Yes, people should protest in front of the Supreme Court justices.’ Brett Kavanaugh’s life was on the line,” Crenshaw told Tapper.
“And so when we talk about these issues, there’s a double standard that really upsets Republicans. Again, it’s not going to be right. I like to be on the sidelines, whoever says it, it’s all bad.”
This isn’t the first time Greene and Crenshaw have clashed over the issue. Last week, Crenshaw told Axios: “I’m very impressed that the Democrats finally got us to say, ‘Protect the FBI.’ That makes you look like you don’t care when you start talking like that,” in response to Greene’s call for the FBI to return the money.
Green replied: “You know what makes you look like you don’t care about Republican voters?” Green tweeted with a screenshot of Crenshaw’s comment Axios. “Republican politicians who won’t take bold action to stop the relentless destruction of Democrat America, and even worse, those Republicans who join America’s Last Unity Party.”