NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND – FEBRUARY 26: U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) speaks on “The Fate of Our Culture and Our Nation Hangs in the Balance” during the CPAC Direct Action Training at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center February 26, 2020 in National Harbor, Maryland. U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to address the annual event on February 29th. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) has been accused of being one of the members of Congress who helped fuel “The Big Lie.” But now he seems to be changing his tune. Back in May, NBC’s Chuck Todd challenged Crenshaw for signing onto a lawsuit that the Texas attorney general filed to question the validity of election results in other states. Crenshaw defended his actions saying, “That amicus brief was a simple question of the Supreme Court in saying, ‘Can you please speak to this question of whether process changes in the election last-minute, not approved by the legislature, can be deemed constitutional?’” Now it appears Crenshaw has moved on. At a GOP fundraiser in Illinois this week, he shot down a man in the crowd who claimed the election results would flip soon in Donald Trump’s favor. During the exchange, the Congressman said while he believed there was some voter fraud, there certainly wasn’t enough to swing the election, “There are certain states with problems, but don’t kid yourself into believing that’s why we lost, it’s not. It’s not!”
I’ve been ultra-critical of @DanCrenshawTX for many reasons, including exaggerating election fraud and signing onto the Texas lawsuit, but I respect him for doing this & I wish more cowardly Republican lawmakers would stand up to their Fox-addled, Trumpian base of conspiracists. https://t.co/TipOIaGDsQ
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) August 12, 2021
Now some of the MAGA crowd on Twitter has turned on Crenshaw. The very Conservative representative is even being called a RINO (Republican in Name Only).
The criticism among Republicans who admit Joe Biden won fair and square isn’t doing their party any favors. We’ve seen Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger vilified for doing it, now the same thing is happening with Crenshaw.
First, they came for Mike Pence, and I did not speak out—because I was not a sanctimonious fake Christian closet case.
Then they came for Dan Crenshaw, and I did not speak out— because I was laughing too hard.
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) August 12, 2021
Dan Crenshaw gets heckled by a MAGA at a recent event for refusing to say the 2020 election was stolen. Enjoy your primaries guys, dealing with the nightmare of your own creation. This is what you signed up for under your cult leader! pic.twitter.com/cOJd5sKq7c
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) August 12, 2021
Sorry, Dan Crenshaw. We aren’t accepting applications anymore for the right side of history. Enjoy your stay on the MAGA train.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) August 12, 2021