NYT contributor who shamed Crenshaw for not sponsoring 9/11 fund really should have checked facts first

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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.

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“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.

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.

“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.

Others also pointed out that a simple search would have revealed Crenshaw’s status on the issue.

After deleting his tweet, Ali offered an apology of sorts with his explanation, though he still referred to Crenshaw as a “holdout.”

But that tweet followed his original non-apology directed at the former Navy SEAL, challenging him and smugly signing off, “Sincerely, a fellow patriot.”

Ali’s disrespect earned him plenty of blowback on Twitter.

Frieda Powers


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