Rep. Dan Crenshaw opened fire on Hillary Clinton after her latest attack on President Donald Trump and his coronavirus response.
The Texas Republican accused the failed 2016 Democratic nominee of politicizing the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to take cheap shots at the president, calling her out on social media for ignoring her own party’s behavior while bashing Trump.
Clinton retweeted a Washington Post story on Monday and quoted from the critical article in her caption.
“It took 70 days for Trump to treat the coronavirus not as a distant threat or harmless flu strain well under control, but as a lethal force poised to kill tens of thousands of citizens,” the quote read from the article that claimed the U.S. was “beset by denial and dysfunction as the coronavirus raged.”
Clinton’s tweet included an extra message.
“Replace this man in November,” she wrote, referring to Trump.
“It took 70 days for Trump to treat the coronavirus not as a distant threat or harmless flu strain well under control, but as a lethal force poised to kill tens of thousands of citizens.”
Replace this man in November. https://t.co/zs1TWhYMqv
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 6, 2020
“Denial?” Crenshaw shot back at Clinton in a tweet on Tuesday.
“From the man who restricted travel in January & saved lives, while your party celebrated his impeachment?” he added, referring to the president’s actions early on while Democrats remained focus on the impeachment trial which ended with his Feb. 5 acquittal in the Senate.
“You may be confusing him with the Washington Post, telling America to get a grip. That COVID19 wasn’t scary, & that we should be wary of an aggressive govt response,” Crenshaw added, including headlines from Washington Post articles published in January and February.
Denial? From the man who restricted travel in January & saved lives, while your party celebrated his impeachment?
You may be confusing him with the Washington Post, telling America to get a grip, that COVID19 wasn’t scary, & that we should be wary of an aggressive govt response. https://t.co/kVzeUFBckN pic.twitter.com/T7p0y1v2aq
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) April 7, 2020
“Why we should be wary of an aggressive government response to coronavirus,” read a headline from a Post article by two academics from Northwestern University.
“Get a grippe, America. The flu is a much bigger threat than coronavirus, for now,” a story from Feb. 1 read while one from January read, “How our brains make coronavirus seem scarier than it is.”
Crenshaw also included a message from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from January when she signed the articles of impeachment against the president, handing out commemorative pens in celebration.
Clinton lashed out at the president last month when the U.S. surpassed China in coronavirus cases, retweeting a New York Times article and criticizing the president with a sarcastic remark.
Hillary Clinton lambasted for disgusting potshot that exploits US virus tragedy to make Trump look bad https://t.co/LXCDvKJ9pq
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 28, 2020
“He did promise ‘America First,’” Clinton wrote, prompting a rebuke from Crenshaw.
“Delete your account,” the Texas lawmaker responded. “This isn’t the time. This can’t be the new normal, where American tragedy is applauded for the sake of political opportunism.”
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