VIDEO: Crenshaw responds to backlash after calling GOP colleagues ‘terrorists’

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Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he apologizes for calling his fellow Republicans “terrorists” during the intense negotiations over Kevin McCarthy’s speakership.

During a Fox News Radio interview, Crenshaw said, “Those of us who are standing against this, we’re standing for principle. They are standing for notoriety. They’re standing for that extra news that because nobody ever cares about them, and they’re frustrated by that, and they want that extra news that we know that we can’t give in to this because then they will always run the conference, and they’ll just get another scalp and another scalp, whether it’s whether it’s Boehner or Paul Ryan or them McCarthy. Scalise would just be next, and we all know it. We just can’t allow that to happen. That’s why those of us are saying like, look, you pushed us into this corner. So now we’re now we’re saying we won’t vote for anyone but McCarthy. That’s why we’re saying it because we cannot let the terrorists win. That’s basically what’s happening. And I do have to go.”

Crenshaw said, “You opened up with the terrorist comments. I have to address that.”

“Things get heated, and things get said,” Crenshaw said. “Obviously, to the people who took offense by that, it’s pretty obvious it’s meant as a turn of phrase.”

“A metaphor,” Tapper said.

“It in the context of intransigent negotiations,” Crenshaw continued. “I’ve got thick skin. I’m called awful, vile things by the very same wing of the party that I was fighting at that moment. So I was a little taken aback by the sensitivity of it. But to the extent that I have colleagues that were offended by it, I sincerely apologize to them. I don’t want them to think I actually believe they’re terrorists. It’s certainly a turn of phrase that you use in an intransigent negotiation.”


The House Republican sparked backlash among his party’s voters after labeling his colleagues ‘enemies’ and ‘terrorists’ because they refused to vote for McCarthy.

“They’re enemies now,” Crenshaw also told a CNN reporter amid the holdout.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson blasted Crenshaw on Wednesday for his remarks, accusing the congressman of ignoring “real concerns” raised by conservatives.

“They’re terrorists now? It’s hard not to see the connection, because over the past few years pretty much every part of the war on terror has been turned against the domestic political enemies of the neocons,” Carlson said. “So now they’re coming out and telling you what they told you about Iraq: Either you’re with us or against us. You’re on the side of light or darkness. You’re good or evil.”


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