Newly elected congressman Dan Crenshaw called out Hank Johnson on Sunday for degrading President Donald Trump’s supporters.
Johnson compared President Trump to Hitler during an address to the Atlanta NAACP on Jan. 1, and painted his supporters as “older, less educated, less prosperous” and “dying early.” He further claimed that many are dying from “alcoholism, drug overdoses, liver disease or simply a broken heart caused by economic despair.”
Crenshaw dismissed Johnson’s comparisons as intellectually dishonest and insulting.
“Ok Mr. Johnson, President Trump is a lot of things but he’s not Hitler,” Crenshaw said in a video posted on his Twitter account.
“But if you want to insult President Trump, at least you’re picking on somebody your own size. At least you’re picking on somebody who can fight back,” Crenshaw continued. “But you went on to insult, degrade and demean tens of millions of Americans who voted for him. To call them drug addicted, uneducated and unhappy alcoholics — this is a cowardly form of politics.”
Crenshaw vowed that despite disagreeing with Johnson’s political ideology, he would never insult an American because of his political views. He further noted that referring to dissenters as “deplorables or fools or dregs of society” is the worst form of leadership.
“These people are exercising their right and their voice the only way they can, which is through their vote. They don’t have a TV show. They don’t have a radio show. They don’t have a weekly column or big social media following,” Crenshaw said. “They have a vote. And you use your public platform to insult and demean them. This is not the behavior we expect from a member of Congress.”
“So I’ll leave you with this: Pick on somebody your own size,” he continued. “Pick on me if you’d like. My office will be right down the hall from yours — I’ll see you in Washington.”