In early November, SNL star, Pete Davidson, was heavily criticized for an insensitive joke military veteran, Dan Crenshaw. Crenshaw’s subsequent appearance on SNL was lauded by critics on both sides as was his call for civility.
Last night, Crenshaw again found himself in the news, this time for uncivil behavior of his own. The freshman congressman was savaged on Twitter for his attempt to “mansplain” border specifics to security expert, Juliette Kayyem.
The hubbub started after agents seized $3.5 million of fentanyl at the border. Kayyem pointed out, “They seized this fentanyl at the PORT OF ENTRY. At the PORT OF ENTRY. PORT OF ENTRY. (am I being too subtle).”
Despite Kayyem’s tweet being factually correct, Crensaw took issue with it. He replied to Kayyem, “I’m trying to give you the benefit of the doubt here since I know you are from Harvard, but it’s difficult. Answer this question honestly please: why does a drug bust at a POE prove your case that fencing shouldn’t be used in between POE’s? You realize they are separate issues right?”
He continued, “And by the way, as I type this, I am in a vehicle with CBP at the border. Happy to put you on the phone with them so you can learn more about this and properly inform your students.”
Kayyem was quickly defended by congressman Ted Lieu:
Dear @DanCrenshawTX: Here is the official press release from US Customs and Border Protection. You may want to read it. The fentanyl was seized at the Nogales legal checkpoint / port of entry following an alert by a CPB narcotics detection canine. https://t.co/80bLlwxX3Z https://t.co/wso6v3NWw7
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) February 1, 2019
Security expert Susan Hennessey also came to her defense:
Kayyem then addressed the comment herself in a tweet she wrote back to Crenshaw, “Your first tweet is fair and I’ll get to it. Your 2nd is ad homenim [sic[ and condescending and for someone who has tried to elevate the convo, you should read my bio before playing that game. I’ve dealt with that he man [sic] stuff a lot. I’m on vacation so standby. Congressman.”
Your first tweet is fair and I'll get to it. Your 2nd is ad homenim and condescending and for someone who has tried to elevate the convo, you should read my bio before playing that game. I've dealt with that he man stuff a lot. I'm on vacation so standby. Congressman. https://t.co/7SPm0PLPTS
— Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) February 1, 2019
Cresnshaw has not responded to Kayyem’s last tweet.
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