Saturday, March 16, 2019

Crenshaw Calls Out Those Using Shooting to Take “Swipes at Conservatives”

Newly-elected Congressman Dan Crenshaw is calling out the leftists who are using the recent New Zealand shooting tragedy to take shameless swipes at conservatives.

While mainstream media reports are attempting to obscure the facts, the shooter was NOT a conservative or a Trump supporter.

Washington Examiner reported that Sen. Richard Blumenthal and a CNN anchor immediately blamed rhetoric from President Trump and his allies for the mass shooting in New Zealand that took the lives of 49 people.

After briefly saying that “of course our prayers go out to the people of New Zealand, particularly the loved ones and survivors and victims,” Blumenthal, D-Conn., wasted no time in bringing up Trump. “But words do have consequences, and we know that at the very pinnacle of power in our own country, people are talking about ‘good people on both sides,’” he said, referencing Trump’s controversial Charlottesville comments.

From IJR

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) reminded everyone that in times of tragedy, it is important to be unified instead of placing blame.

Crenshaw, a Republican lawmaker and war veteran, posted a tweet on Friday calling out those who were taking “swipes at conservatives” for the New Zealand shooting.

“If you find yourself using the tragedy in New Zealand to take backhanded swipes at conservatives in America – many of my colleagues already have – then you really have no shame and you are part of the problem,” Crenshaw wrote. “It should be easy for us to stand united and condemn terrorism.”

He called out fellow lawmakers who have made comments but did not reference anyone specifically. However, as IJR Blue reported, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted out criticism of “thoughts and prayers.”

As IJR Red noted, the lawmaker faced an immediate backlash from many on the right due to her going after the gun rights group.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) joined Crenshaw in speaking out about accusations that the shooter was inspired by President Donald Trump promoting white supremacy.

“I think God needs to change people’s hearts, and I bet he does. He needs to change their language. You cannot put this on President Trump,” Kinzinger said in an interview with CNN on Friday.

After the shooting, Crenshaw quickly posted about the attack, saying that he was praying for the families impacted. He called it a “terrorist act,” making sure that he was clear on what his opinion of the situation was.

The New Zealand attack was the country’s worst mass shooting ever. Police arrested three people whom they believe are connected to the attacks, and one man has been charged with murder.

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