Right-wing Congressman Dan Crenshaw of Texas was welcomed by Republican voters when he first joined Congress in 2019. Outlets like Politico Magazine painted him as the potential future of the Republican party. Despite critiques of Trump during the 2016 campaign, Crenshaw assured during his own 2018 campaign that he was a supporter of then-President Trump's agenda.
Now in his second term in the House of Representatives, Crenshaw is falling out of favor with the MAGA base. For starters, he committed a cardinal sin of accurately acknowledging the validity of the 2020 presidential election results. After Trump's election lies prompted a deadly failed insurrection, Crenshaw acknowledged the role Trump's delusions played in sparking the riot, but stopped short of voting in favor of his impeachment.
And in recent comments, Crenshaw took aim at the most pro-Trump wing of Congress: the House Freedom Caucus, whose members include such darlings as conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, gun enthusiast Lauren Boebert of Colorado, suspected child trafficker Matt Gaetz of Florida, and others.
"There's two types of members of Congress. There's performance artists and there's legislators. The performance artists are the ones that get all the attention. ... In the first two years of Trump's presidency, when Republicans were in control, when we were voting on Donald Trump's agenda, who do you think was at top of that list voting with Trump and who do you think was at the bottom? ... You know who was at the bottom? Everybody in the Freedom Caucus. All of them. ... We have grifters in our midst."
Crenshaw also noted that anti-Trump Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois—who's long been reviled by the conservative party for his opposition to Trump—voted with the former President 99 percent of the time during his first two years in the White House.
Conservatives didn't take kindly to Crenshaw's dose of reality.
Democrats were surprised at his comments, but stopped short of commending him.
The GOP infighting continues.