Rep. Dan Crenshaw schooled a New York Times contributor who tried to shame him for not sponsoring compensation funding for survivors of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Wajahat Ali called out the Texas Republican in a tweet on Tuesday, accusing him of not doing the “right thing” in supporting the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, while missing an important fact in the process.
“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,” Ali wrote in a since-deleted tweet, attempting to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar. “You know who hasn’t sponsored it? Dan Crenshaw. @DanCrenshawTX, I hope you do the right thing. If not, why aren’t you?”
Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra captured a screenshot of the tweet before Ali removed it.
Screenshot for when he deletes it pic.twitter.com/9G3zQ8waLK
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 11, 2019
The New York Times contributing op-ed writer linked his tweet to a video clip posted by ABC News Politics of Jon Stewart addressing Congress on Tuesday. The former host of “The Daily Show” torched lawmakers who didn’t show up during a House Judiciary Committee hearing focused on the re-authorization of funding for the Victim Compensation Fund.
‘Where are they!?’ Emotional Jon Stewart rips Congress for not showing up to hearing with 9/11 first responders https://t.co/edQgbFYI6m
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 11, 2019
“You should be ashamed of yourselves for those that aren’t here,” Stewart said, “but you won’t be, because accountability doesn’t appear to be something that occurs in this chamber.”
But Ali’s swipe at Crenshaw was an embarrassing fail as the congressman and former Navy SEAL fact-checked his claim, noting that he is, in fact, a co-sponsor of the fund.
“Hey ‘journalist,’ maybe you should check your facts. I am a co-sponsor. Nice try though,” Crenshaw tweeted.
Also, “patriotism,” he added along with an image of an x-ray of his skull. Crenshaw lost his right eye in an IED blast while serving in Afghanistan.
Hey “journalist,” maybe you should check your facts. I am a co-sponsor. Nice try though.
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) June 11, 2019
Others also pointed out that a simple search would have revealed Crenshaw’s status on the issue.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 11, 2019
After deleting his tweet, Ali offered an apology of sorts with his explanation, though he still referred to Crenshaw as a “holdout.”
I deleted this b/c Dan Crenshaw supported the Fund in May after being a holdout. Apologies to him for the tweet. I have no problem admitting it & correcting the record with facts. For those trying to “own” me, especially as you still promote “alternative facts,” enjoy Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/njJ9fcNKZK
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) June 11, 2019
But that tweet followed his original non-apology directed at the former Navy SEAL, challenging him and smugly signing off, “Sincerely, a fellow patriot.”
Thanks for letting me know. I’m glad you did and I have no problem correcting and updating the record with facts. Now try it with your comments about Ilhan Omar. You’ll feel better. Sincerely, a fellow patriot. https://t.co/6bAsYBpxsY
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) June 11, 2019
Ali’s disrespect earned him plenty of blowback on Twitter.
An apology with a lecture isn’t an apology.
In this case, it’s shameful.
— Ron Coleman (@RonColeman) June 11, 2019
“I was wrong, therefore you must be wrong about something as well” might make you feel better, but it’s not a real argument. Just take the loss.
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) June 12, 2019
Typical for @Nytimes writers — political alignment first. Facts second.
— Robert Craigen (@rcraigen) June 12, 2019
The correct response there is “I’m sorry”
— Joseph Backholm (@josephbackholm) June 11, 2019
Nice non-apology. Enjoy the ratio.
— Tommy Hackenbruck (@TommyHacksaw) June 11, 2019
“I’m glad to update the record with facts I willfully ignored to paint you in the worst possible light”
— Muffy Allah Móde (@MuffyAllah) June 11, 2019
An apology complete with a condescending lecture. Classic NYT opinion contributor.
— Matt Tobalsky (@Tobalsky) June 12, 2019
— Josue Rodriguez (@JosueRo79599248) June 12, 2019
So journalism is now smearing someone and then “thanking” them for correcting your bull💩? Be better.
— Sid – Can Be Vicious (@sidblair) June 11, 2019