Rep. Dan Crenshaw turns on his GOP colleagues and brands House Freedom Caucus members, which include Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz and Paul Gosar, ‘grifters’ who tell ‘lie after lie’
- Rep. Dan Crenshaw slams ‘grifters in our midst’ as he slams fellow Republicans
- Republican criticized ‘performance artists’ of the House Freedom Caucus who issue ‘lie after lie after lie’ during campaign event in Texas
- He is the latest high-profile figure to take issue with GOP members who hog the headlines with outlandish claims
- But he defended Rep. Adam Kinzinger who he said voted with Trump 99 percent of the time – but is now hated by MAGA world for joining Jan 6 investigation
Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw has gone on the attack against members of his own party, warning the GOP of ‘grifters in our midst’ as he rounded on ‘performance artists’ who hog the headlines.
He named no names, but it comes after the likes of Rep. Paul Gosar was stripped of his committee assignments after being accused of glorifying violence and Rep. Lauren Boebert made Islamophobic jokes about a Muslim Democrat.
While their efforts guarantee headlines, they worry some Republican leaders who fear a vocal fringe will put off voters in next year’s midterm elections.
‘There are two types of members of Congress: there is performance artists and there is legislators,’ Crenshaw said during a campaign event in Houston, Texas, on Sunday.
‘Performance artists are the ones who get all of the attention, the ones you think are more conservative because they know how to say slogans real well.
‘They know how to recite the lines that they know our voters want to hear.’
Rep. Dan Crenshaw used an appearance in Houston, Texas, to condemn ‘performance artists’ as ‘the ones you think are more conservative because they know how to say slogans real well’
Crenshaw pointed the finger at the rightwing House Freedom Caucus, which includes Rep. Paul Gosar and Marjorie Taylor Greene who were both this year stripped of their committee assignments after being accused of glorifying violence
He went on to point to members of the House Freedom Caucus, which includes the likes of Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, and Jim Jordan, for failing to vote with former President Trump.
‘What you hear so often is not true,’ said the former Green Beret, who has found a niche as Trump supporter that is not afraid to speak out against the worst excesses of the MAGA movement.
‘It’s not true. We have grifters in our midst… I mean in the conservative movement.
‘Lie after lie after lie because they know something psychologically about the conservative heart.
‘We’re worried about what people are doing to do to us, what people are going to infringe upon us, that’s the nature of conservatism.’
Crenshaw’s comments, made at the Texas Liberty Alliance PAC event, feed into a debate about the future of conservativism.
Some moderate Republicans are pondering how to use the energy of Trump and his supporters, without turning off mainstream voters.
Crenshaw praised Rep. Adam Kinzinger who has also spoken out against an extremist Republican fringe in Congress
Crenshaw has tamped down on speculation that he is considering a 2024 presidential run. But his conservative credentials and independent spirit are seen by some as marking him out as someone who might please the base while winning over independents.
For his part, Crenshaw praised Rep. Adam Kinzinger – hated by much of MAGA world for joining the Jan. 6 House investigation – for voting with former President Trump 99 percent of the time.
And his words echoed those used by Kinzinger recently, when he accused House minority leader Kevin McCarthy of pandering to the party’s fringe to curry favor with Trump and neglecting mainstream members.
‘These aren’t the ones that you know, tweet all the time,’ he told MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ program last week.
‘They’re not the ones that are going to you know, talk about Jewish space lasers and make, you know, crazy racist jokes just so that they can get more Twitter followers because they don’t take governance seriously.
‘These are actually members of Congress that take governance seriously.’