The dustup began after Crenshaw reacted to comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who had been criticized for characterizing the 9/11 terrorist attacks as “some people did something.”
“First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as ‘some people who did something.’ Unbelievable,” Crenshaw tweeted.
First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as “some people who did something”.— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) April 9, 2019
That prompted Ocasio-Cortez to defend her Minnesota ally, going after the Texas congressman for not co-sponsoring the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund.
“In 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost ALL US domestic terrorist killings. Why don’t you go do something about that?” Ocasio-Cortez told Crenshaw.
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.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 11, 2019
In 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost ALL US domestic terrorist killings. Why don’t you go do something about that? https://t.co/rkb92IxkKX
That sparked an avalanche of outrage, many pointing to Crenshaw’s service as a Navy SEAL in the war in Afghanistan as well as his sacrifice.
"Why don't you go do something about terrorism?" AOC asked Dan Crenshaw. https://t.co/VBG2kAjB8n— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) April 11, 2019
AOC implying @DanCrenshawTX, who served combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan (where he lost an EYE) in the wake of 9/11, hasn’t done enough for the victims of September 11 terrorist attack is astounding, though not shocking. pic.twitter.com/iWAn1v4FiJ— Natalie Johnson (@nataliejohnsonn) April 11, 2019
AOC is attacking Dan Crenshaw for not fighting for 9/11 victims— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 11, 2019
Crenshaw is a decorated war hero, who, as a Navy SEAL, lost his eye fighting terrorists in Afghanistan and earned 2 Bronze Stars (one with Valor), the Purple Heart, and the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor pic.twitter.com/HHa7Ay4WDj
There is no context in which @IlhanMN description of 9/11 as “some people did something” is anything but disgraceful. Defending her is shameful, especially for a representative from NY. https://t.co/15jGij29Ya— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) April 11, 2019
Crenshaw did not immediately respond.