Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) had a polite but forceful response to spiteful accusations from Reps. Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) that he wasn't supportive enough of the troops.
"It's terrorists who killed almost 3,000 Americans, and we should talk about it that way," Crenshaw told NBC News on Friday. "We should talk about it with deference."
'Don't play the victim card'
Crenshaw addressed criticism that the comments were taken out of context.
"It was not taken out of context, by the way, there are a lot of claims that it was," he explained, "of course it wasn't. I think everyone should just look at the clip and decide for themselves. I don't think it's out of line to simply call that out and criticize it."
He called it the "height of partisanship" that both sides can't come together and agree that it was improper to "diminish" the attack on U.S. soil.
"All Representative Omar had to do was really, I don't know, explain herself, say whatever she wants," Crenshaw continued.
"Say she didn't mean it," he offered, "diffuse the situation, but don't double down, alright? Don't play the victim card and don't start making accusations of me — I just think that was uncalled for."
Crenshaw didn't shrink from citing his own service in the military when he responded to the Democrats who claimed that he didn't do enough to support the military. Among those was Ocasio Cortez, who tweeted a scathing attack on the Afghanistan war veteran.
"You refuse to cosponsor the 9/11 Victim's Compensation Fund, yet have the audacity to drum resentment towards Ilhan w/completely out-of-context quotes," she tweeted in an attempt to deflect from Omar's 9/11 comments.
'I'm really disappointed in them'
"This is a really dishonest attack, and let me tell you how I am for 9/11 victims and 9/11 first-responders. I'm the guy who went overseas to make sure this never happens again, to take the fight to the enemy that committed these attacks," Crenshaw responded.
"I would go back and do it every day if I could," Crenshaw added. "So to say that kind of attack, that is the height of partisanship and I'm really disappointed in them saying that, especially coming from New York."
Crenshaw had already shot down a suggestion from Omar that he was inciting violence against her by criticizing her.
Here's the video of Crenshaw's comments:
Dan Crenshaw Responds To Ocasio-Cortez's delusional attack www.youtube.com