Donald Trump was a politician unlike any the country has ever seen. No one lawmaker has ever been more reliant on praise and adulation. The former president was able to take control of the Republican party. And in order to move up in Trump’s GOP, you have to show him proper deference.
Some Republicans, though, realize that Trump hasn’t been great for the GOP. He came into office with Republicans in control of the senate and congress. Now the party is completely out of power. Mitch McConnell is one of them. And Dan Crenshaw may be another.
Michael Bender has released a new book about the run up to the 2020 election. And in the book, the Wall St. Journal scribe says that Crenshaw initially refused to praise Trump during the Republican National Convention.
Bender writes, “This freaking guy, Trump advisor Cliff Sims though to himself after reading Crenshaw’s prepared remarks for the RNC Convention. Sims had read thousands of words of convention speeches at that point, and had written just as many. Surely his eyes must just be getting tired. He must’ve just missed it. Sims pressed Command+F on his iMac and searched for the word ‘Trump.’ Nothing. He erased that and searched for the word “president.’ Nothing.”
“The president is the biggest liability to our reelection.”
That's how @DanCrenshawTX’s office explained why he refused to mention Trump in his GOP convention speech.
— Michael C. Bender (@MichaelCBender) June 30, 2021
The author also notes that Crenshaw claimed, “the president is the biggest liability to our reelection.” Eventually the Texas lawmaker did tweak his speech to praise Trump. He was, however, moved out of a prime time speaking slot.
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.