What did O'Rourke say?
O'Rourke — a potential Democratic candidate for the 2020 presidential election — questioned during a recent interview with the Washington Post whether America's constitutional principles still "work" in today's society.
During the interview, O'Rourke was asked whether or not the U.S. could implement massive overhauls while remaining true to the U.S. Constitution.
"I'm hesitant to answer [the question] because I really feel like it deserves its due, and I don't want to give you a — actually, just selfishly, I don't want a sound bite of it reported, but, yeah, I think that's the question of the moment: Does this still work?" O'Rourke responded.
"Can an empire like ours with military presence in over 170 countries around the globe, with trading relationships ... and security agreements in every continent, can it still be managed by the same principles that were set down 230-plus years ago?" he added.
O'Rourke admitted that he doesn't know the answer himself.
What did Crenshaw say in response?
Crenshaw, who is also a former Navy SEAL, said that O'Rourke's questioning of the Constitution should disqualify him from being the Democratic candidate for president of the United States.
"Anybody who questions the validity of the Constitution, whether it works in the modern era, should never be president," Crenshaw told the Washington Examiner in an interview posted Thursday.
The Republican lawmaker also pointed to O'Rourke's recent social media video, in which he films himself getting a dental cleaning, as evidence that O'Rourke is just out of touch.
"If you get your teeth cleaned on Instagram live, it shows that you're just out of touch," Crenshaw said. "That doesn't make you relatable or cool. It just makes you weird."