By Joseph Wulfsohn
Published June 11, 2019
Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, had a sharp response to a New York Times writer who accused him of not supporting the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.
Comedian Jon Stewart rocked Capitol Hill on Tuesday and slammed lawmakers who were absent from a House subcommittee hearing on the renewal for funding for the health expenses of first responders, many who have been battling cancer nearly two decades after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
NYT contributing op-ed writer Wajahat Ali blasted Republicans on Twitter Tuesday and attempted to question their patriotism for not backing the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. He also claimed Crenshaw hasn't sponsored the fund's renewal while praising the involvement of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.
"Anytime a Republican says they are 'patriots' ask them if they voted to fund the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. You know who's for it? Ilhan Omar. You know who hasn't sponsored it? Dan Crenshaw," Ali wrote in the now-deleted tweet.
He then told Crenshaw, "I hope you do the right thing. If not, why aren't you?"
Crenshaw responded, telling Ali he was a co-sponsor of the fund.
"Hey 'journalist,' maybe you should check your facts. I am a co-sponsor. Nice try though," Crenshaw tweeted.
The freshman congressman also included an x-ray of his skull from the injuries he sustained while serving as a Navy SEAL and captioned it, "patriotism."
Ali later deleted the tweet and offered Crenshaw an apology.
"I deleted [the tweet because] Dan Crenshaw supported the Fund in May after being a holdout. Apologies to him for the tweet," Ali wrote. "I have no problem admitting it & correcting the record with facts."
Ali also directly responded to Crenshaw and urged him to correct the record with his criticisms of Congresswoman Omar.