- Representative Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, called members of the House Freedom Caucus “grifters,” “performance artists.”
- Crenshaw slammed the caucus at a Texas Liberty Alliance PAC event on Sunday.
The Conservative House Freedom Caucus is full of “crooks” and “performance artists,” according to Rep. Dan Crenshaw, who slammed caucus members at a Texas Liberty Alliance PAC event.
In a clip posted to Twitter on Tuesday, the Texas Republican and former US Navy SEAL questioned the dedication of caucus conservatives to former President Donald Trump this weekend.
“In the first two years of Trump’s presidency, when Republicans were in control, when every time we voted on Donald Trump’s agenda, who do you think was top of that list voting with Trump and who think- were you at the bottom? ” said Crenshaw. “Do you know who was down there? Everyone in the Freedom Caucus. Everyone.”
The caucus includes the more conservative members of Congress.
“I’ve been in Congress for almost three years now. There are two types of members of Congress: there are performing artists, there are lawmakers,” Crenshaw said. “Now the performance artists are the ones who get all the attention. They are the ones you think are the most conservative because they know how to pronounce slogans very well. They know how to recite the lines that they know our constituents. want to listen. “
Crenshaw, who was elected to Congress in 2018, voted with Trump 90.8 percent of the time in the 116th Congress, according to FiveThirtyEight. He went on to describe those who inconsistently support Trump as “con artists.”
“We have crooks among us. I mean in the conservative movement,” Crenshaw said. “Lie after lie after lie because they know something psychologically about the conservative heart. We are worried about what people are going to do to us, what they are going to harm us.”
A steadfast supporter during Trump’s early years in office, Crenshaw said, was Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Now a vocal critic of the former president.
Kinzinger voted under Trump’s policies 99% of the time from 2017 to 2019 at the 115th Congress, according to FiveThirtyEight. But he voted to impeach the former president earlier this year after a host of Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan.6. Kinzinger has said he will not be running again.
In November, the caucus chose Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa. to succeed Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, as president. During the early years of Trump’s presidency, Perry voted more consistently for Trump’s policies than Biggs; 85% and 73%, respectively, according to FiveThirtyEight.
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