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Dan Crenshaw pushes back hard on Democrats' hyperbole about Trump on 'Face The Nation

Incoming Rep. Dan Crenshaw (Texas) attends a House of Representatives member-elect welcome briefing on Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Republican Rep.-elect Dan Crenshaw (Texas) didn't allow vague, exaggerated statements about the Trump administration by Democrats to go unchallenged when he was a panelist on CBS's "Face The Nation" on Sunday.

Crenshaw was the lone Republican on a panel that included incoming congresspeople Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.) and Joe Neguse (D-Colo.).

Democrats saving 'the democracy?'

The discussion kicked off with Neguse talking about how he and other Democrats elected to Congress with be trying to "save our democracy."

"I think right now, it's important for this majority in the House to engage in some really critical oversight of an administration that is undermining a lot of critical freedoms for folks in our country," Neguse explained. "So when I say, 'Save our democracy,' I mean precisely that."

Crenshaw was asked to respond, and he wasn't about to let Neguse get by without being more specific. Here's what he said:

"I always ask the question, like — like what? You know, what is he undermining exactly? What democratic freedoms have been undermined? We just had an election where we switched power in the House. Democracy is at work. People are voting in record numbers. I always ask for examples, and then we can hit those examples one-by-one, and if it's worth criticizing, it's worth criticizing. But just kind of this broad brush criticism that the president is somehow undermining our democracy; I always wonder like, what exactly we're talking about."

Trump undermining the free press?

At that point, all the panelists began talking over themselves to provide examples. They began just listing things such as "free press," "judiciary," "CIA," "FBI."

Crenshaw maintained his composure and reminded the panel that former President Barack Obama's Justice Department investigated members of the press, and asked what the difference was now.

Neguse pivoted and brought up CNN's lawsuit against the Trump administration over the revocation of Jim Acosta's credentials, and Crenshaw made sure to point out that only one reporter, not the entire organization, had been suspended, and that it was for disruptive behavior.

Houlahan retorted that Trump himself has been disruptive in press briefings. Crenshaw asked how that was an attack on the press, and Houlahan replied "Because it's literally an attack on the press."

How did Crenshaw, a war veteran who lost his eye in an IED explosion in Afghanistan, reply?

"Oh, I've literally been attacked, so let's choose our words carefully." Watch below:

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