Republican Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw criticized Democrats on Tuesday for using a House resolution condemning President Donald Trump as a political tool “to add fuel to the fire.”
“This was pure political theater meant to add fuel to the fire,” Crenshaw said. “It went far beyond POTUS’s comments, instead was riddled with hyperbolic and unrelated language.”
“That’s why I refused to vote for it and will continue to refuse to engage in juvenile politics,” he continued.
Hours earlier, the House voted 240-187, largely along party lines, on a resolution “condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of Congress.”
The president came under fire on Sunday after he tweeted that the “Progressive Democrat Congresswomen” should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
While Trump initially abstained from naming whom he was referring to, it was seemingly directed at four freshman House Democrats: New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Massachusetts Rep. Aryanna Pressley, more commonly known as the “Squad.” Trump later confirmed the target of his tweet.
The president faced widespread backlash for the remarks since three members of the Squad were born in the United States. Hashtags such as “#RacistInChief” immediately began trending on Twitter, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House would vote to formally condemn the comments.
Trump doubled down on his criticism of the four freshman progressives, calling them “anti-Israel, pro Al-Qaeda” and proclaimed that America will “never be a Socialist or Community Country.”
“IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE, YOU CAN LEAVE! It is your choice, and your choice alone,” Trump tweeted. “This is about love for America. Certain people HATE our country….”
Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley fired back during a press conference Monday. Addressing the heated exchange with the president, the Squad attacked Trump on a variety of fronts, claiming that he was promulgating a white nationalist agenda and “allowing millions of Americans to die from lack of healthcare.”
However, the House resolution not only denounced Trump’s comments, but further stated that he had “legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color” and made more general statements on the value of American immigration.
Crenshaw reiterated his opposition to the resolution on Instagram Live, explaining why he voted against the largely symbolic maneuver.
“I don’t like what the president said on Twitter, I really don’t. I talked about that yesterday. But this resolution goes well beyond that,” Crenshaw explained. “It doesn’t capture the intent of what he was saying and it actually includes way more condemnation than his comments had anything to do with — I find that problematic.”
“The reality is, this entire thing is exhausting,” he continued. “I don’t want to take part in this tit-for-tat, this really political tit-for-tat that is occurring right now and I’m voting against this resolution.”
“It’s unnecessary,” Crenshaw added. “It is a political tactic to add fuel to the fire.”