Dan Crenshaw Walks Back ‘Terrorists’ Label for Anti-McCarthy GOP’ers

Dan Crenshaw Walks Back ‘Terrorists’ Label for Anti-McCarthy GOP’ers

Dan Crenshaw Walks Back ‘Terrorists’ Label for Anti-McCarthy GOP’ers

  • Dan Crenshaw on Sunday responded to earlier comments in which he called anti-McCarthy Republicans “terrorists.”
  • Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union, Crenshaw said he wanted to “sincerely apologize” to his colleagues.
  • “I don’t want them to think that I actually think they’re terrorists,” he told host Jake Tapper.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw on Sunday responded to comments he made last week calling several of his GOP colleagues “terrorists” after they initially refused to back Kevin McCarthy’s House Speaker bid.

during one interview Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union, the Texas Republican told host Jake Tapper that the party’s infighting had been “heated up” last week, while declaring that he had no intention of labeling McCarthy holdouts as actual terrorists .

“Things get heated and things get said,” Crenshaw said. “Obviously, it’s pretty obvious to the people who took offense at it that it’s meant as a twist. It is related to intransigent negotiations.”

“Look, I have pretty thick skin. I’m being called horrible, vile things by the same wing of the party I was fighting against at that moment, so I was a little surprised by the sensitivity of that.” “As far as I have colleagues who were offended by this, I sincerely apologize to them. I don’t want them to think that I actually believe they are terrorists. It’s clearly a phrase you’re using in an adamant negotiation.”

Crenshaw last week deeply criticized the anti-McCarthy conservative holdouts, telling Fox News Radio that the party “can’t let the terrorists win”.

Senator Ted Cruz – a Texas Republican – criticized the use of the word “terrorists” during a Friday episode of his podcast, Verdict with Ted Cruz.

“My view is ‘settle down’. It’s going to work out and it’s going to be good,” the senator said of the leadership struggle at the time. “That kind of overheated rhetoric of calling people ‘terrorists’ isn’t particularly conducive to something resembling Republican unity.

After 15 rounds of voting in which McCarthy was defeated by a slew of Conservative lawmakers, the Californian broke through on Saturday, winning the speakership vote 216-212 over New York’s Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries.

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