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Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw of Texas first came to national attention when his looks — especially the patch over his eye that he lost serving in Afghanistan — were mocked on "Saturday Night Live." The NBC show amended its rudeness by putting him on the show the next week and allowing him to make an earnest pitch to Americans to "never forget" the sacrifices veterans make.
On Nov. 18, Crenshaw appeared with three other House freshmen on CBS' "Face the Nation." As is typical, the other three were all Democrats. He suggested the public image of Congress could be improved if the tone of the debate were to improve. "Let's not attack each other's intent," he said. "Let's not ... attack each other as a person. Let's attack ideas. All right. We can debate ideas. We can disagree on ideas all day long."
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That's not an easy standard in politics. Politicians know that voters say they don't like negative attacks, but they also know voters are more likely to believe negative attacks than positive presentations. What made Crenshaw's approach stand out was his challenging the idea that freedom of the press is under attack.
Rep.-elect Joe Neguse, D-Colo., claimed that under President Trump, "our democratic freedoms" are under attack. Crenshaw demanded specifics and said: "Democracy is at work. People are voting in ... record numbers." Neguse responded, "the undermining of the free press." He cited CNN having to go to court to fight correspondent Jim Acosta's suspended press pass. Crenshaw noted that was one reporter, not the entire network, and that he was "highly disruptive."
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Rep.-elect Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa., then jumped in. "I would argue that our president is consistently disruptive in those very same press conferences. And I would argue that he treats them with disrespect," she said. Crenshaw challenged that, asking, "how is...
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