Crenshaw Responds To Rep. Casten’s Character Attacks

Crenshaw Responds To Rep. Casten’s Character Attacks

Congressman Dan Crenshaw released the following statement in response to Congressman Sean Casten (D-IL) smearing his character for protecting Americans’ right to participate in our election process: 

“We’ve seen this desperate and immature strategy time after time from the Democrat Party. The strategy is simple: when you disagree with someone during a policy debate, resort to calling your opponent a racist.

“Rep. Casten, we’ve never met, we’ve never talked. I’ve never insulted you. But instead of articulating a policy position, you resort to petty name-calling, which is a good indication you can’t defend your argument with any sort of intellectual vigor. This is Congress – it’s our job to debate – but please leave you smear tactics at home next time.”

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Crenshaw’s Houston Youth Summit Draws Nearly 2,000

Crenshaw’s Houston Youth Summit Draws Nearly 2,000

On Sunday, September 15th, Congressman Dan Crenshaw hosted his first annual Houston Youth Summit to engage Houston-area students in conversations about mental toughness, public service, civic duty and more. 1,900 high school and college students signed up to attend. The interactive event had five panels with questions from the audience throughout the program. Panelists included: former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer; “Dear America” host Graham Allen, his wife Ellisa Allen and the show’s producer Jake Stone; “Relatable” host Allie Stuckey; former Houston Astro Roger Clemens; and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

Click HERE to see highlights of the summit.

Click HERE to view the full event.

“It’s not every day that a group this large of driven, young adults gives up a Sunday afternoon to hear from military, government and political leaders,” said Congressman Dan Crenshaw.  “It’s clear there is a desire to have these conversations in our community and that is a great sign. My hope is that everyone who attended left with something they could apply to their life. I’m so grateful for our special guests and a big thank you to everyone who attended. This was an awesome experience and the best part is we’re just getting started.”

“I have great faith in the next generation of conservatives and all of us have a responsibility to ensure their success,” said Ambassador Nikki Haley. “These young people are ready to use the power of their voice. When they are educated with good facts, they will make the right decisions. Unfortunately, many of them face intimidating environments on their campuses. That’s why showing them our support, through events like the Houston Youth Summit, is one of the most important things we can do. I hope others will join us in empowering them.”

“In order to make sure that history doesn’t repeat past mistakes, the next generation must have an understanding of it and a commitment to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” said Marcus Luttrell. “History is most often told by people who didn’t live it… this panel was made up of those of us that lived it and it’s our obligation to talk to the people coming up.”

“We were amazed at the insightful questions from these young Americans,” said Graham Allen and Jake Stone. “It’s events like this that give us hope in the next generation of conservatives.”

“Too often conservatives consider youth a lost cause,” said Allie Stuckey. “This couldn’t be further from the truth! We have an unprecedented opportunity and responsibility to show young people the logic and compassion of conservatism in a way that makes sense. This is not only possible— it’s crucial to our future.”

“The future of the Republican Party came together in a big way this weekend and it happened right here in Harris County,” said Paul Simpson, Chairman of the Harris County Republican Party. “More than 1,900 students came out from across Southeast Texas and beyond to attend Congressman Crenshaw’s Houston Youth Summit, demonstrating that conservatism is a growing political force among Generation Z. Whether it’s through events like this, social media, video, or other creative channels, Dan knows how to effectively engage with young Americans, and we’re thrilled to have him as a leader in the Republican Party.”

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My Washington Post op-ed on SNL, and some basic rules for debating ideas

My Washington Post op-ed on SNL, and some basic rules for debating ideas

November 13, 2018 at 5:48 p.m. CST

Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, is a Republican representative-elect from Texas.

The past couple of weeks have been unusual for me, to say the least. After a year of hard campaigning for Congress in Texas and gradually entering the public sphere, I was hit by a sudden, blinding spotlight. But I have no complaints — it wasn’t as bad as some other challenges I’ve faced, like a sudden, blinding IED explosion. (See what I did there? “Saturday Night Live” has created a comedic monster.)

On the Nov. 3 show, SNL’s Pete Davidson mocked my appearance — “he lost his eye in war . . . or whatever,” Davidson said, referring to the eye patch I wear. His line about my looking like a “hit man in a porno movie” was significantly less infuriating, albeit a little strange. I woke up on the Sunday morning after the show to hundreds of texts about what Davidson had said. A lot of America wasn’t happy. People thought some lines still shouldn’t be crossed. read more – SNL mocked my appearance. Here’s why I didn’t demand an apology.

Thank You

Thank You

Texans are hard working, love their neighbors, love their country, and believe in the American ideal; the greatest set of ideas for a free people that the world has ever known.

As a team that was the message we spread for the last year, it became the dream that we shared and what we all voted on. You all became a part of that dream and it caught fire. People were reminded of the great things that make up the American spirit.

Thank you all for being part of that dream, thank you for your dedication and thank you for your trust. See you in Washington!

Response to the Houston Chronicle Editorial Board

 

To the Houston Chronicle Editorial Board,

I am writing you today to discuss your endorsement for CD-2. First, I absolutely respect your decision and harbor no hard feelings. While I am disappointed that you did not endorse my candidacy for the U.S. House, I am not surprised.

I am very surprised, however, that you chose to publicly mischaracterize my stance on family separation at the border. Given the detail with which I have addressed this particular issue, both on social media and in the interview with your board, it was shocking to read your claims that I “vehemently defended” the President’s policy of family separation.

I have always approached this particular issue with a great deal of nuance, I would hope your reporting would do the same. I always begin by stating that I do not support separating families. Most Republicans don’t. And then I explain, in detail, why this is happening and what we need to do to stop it. I called for the need to pass legislation that would override the Flores Settlement of 1997, and therefore enforce our laws while also keeping families together. This is exactly how I explained it while meeting with your editorial board. It is also how I have explained it on Facebook Live videos, which you are free to research.

The board also likes to point out that my opponent “speaks the language of Houston.” While you don’t define what that means, I am sure you would agree that the language of Houston should begin with honesty. Recently, my opponent – endorsed by your board – began running ads that knowingly lie about my position on social security and protection for pre-existing conditions. I support saving both, which is very clear from the statements I’ve made in the past (check website and social media). I hope that the Houston Chronicle stands up for a “language of Houston” that is characterized by truth and integrity, not partisanship.

I hope to continue to have a good relationship with the Houston Chronicle, but I admit this is off to a rocky start. In the primary, your board derisively referred to me as a “show horse”, and now you are deliberately mischaracterizing my positions in order to make a better argument for your preferred candidate. I think it would be best for the people of Houston if the city’s most prominent newspaper reported honestly about politicians on both sides of the aisle. I hope you will consider correcting this editorial, and attempt to cover my campaign with the same degree of nuance that I give to the issues.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Dan Crenshaw

Candidate for U.S. House, CD-2