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Congressman Dan Crenshaw bashed conservative Republicans in the U.S. House Freedom Caucus, referring to them as “grifters” and “performance artists” who “know how to say slogans real well.”

His comments came at a Texas campaign event on Sunday.


“There’s two types of members of Congress — there’s performance artists, and there are legislators,” he said. “Now, the performance artists are the ones that get all the attention. Are the ones you think are more conservative because they know how to say slogans real well. They know how to recite the lines that they know that our voters want to hear.”

Crenshaw then defended Congressman Adam Kinzinger, who has alienated conservatives. Crenshaw said Kinzinger voted with Trump 99 percent of the time while everybody in the Freedom Caucus is at the bottom of the list.

“What you hear so often is not true. It’s not true,” he said. “We have grifters in our midst. In the conservative movement — lie after lie after lie.”



Crenshaw recently voted for the bill to add funding for a vaccine database to share information from states and the federal government. He has also been criticized for his support of Red Flag gun laws, wanting to stay in Afghanistan indefinitely and an immigration bill that raised the cap on chain migration.

So conservatives haven’t taken warmly to Crenshaw’s criticism of the Freedom Caucus.

One Twitter user wrote:

“People in Texas who voted for Dan Crenshaw thought they were getting another Ted Cruz, turns out it was another John McCain.”

Congressman Warren Davidson asked Crenshaw on Twitter who told him this was a good idea.

“Neo-conservative is just another way of saying ‘not conservative,'” Davidson wrote. “Every actual conservative scorecard exposes these lies. Actual conservatives oppose bankrupting America, spying on Americans and crony surveillance capitalism.”

Dan Bongino called on Crenshaw to be primaried. He said the Freedom Caucus often opposed spending bills under Trump.

“The Freedom Caucus and their alignment with the Trump presidency sometimes is low not because the Freedom Caucus wasn’t conservative but because they don’t like deficit spending bills,” he said. “Now, Crenshaw knows that. But again, Crenshaw’s not dumb, Crenshaw thinks you’re dumb. But here’s the funny thing, even when you take Crenshaw at what he said — ‘Kinzinger was a 99 percent voter with Donald Trump, he was No. 2 on the list.’ He was? I count one, two…16 Republican members — that’ just at the top of the list, who were before Kinzinger in voting for President Trump and it was not 99 percent — he made that up.

“Folks, listen. We are never ever going to fix this country if the people who hijack our brand become false prophets. I can’t say this to you enough. Crenshaw is doing what the Left does here. He knows he is in fact one of these false prophets, so he’s turning around and blaming it on Conservative Inc.”

Bongino said there is a grifter class out in Conservative Inc., but there are people who really believe what they say — like Mark Levine and Tucker Carlson.

“There’s a class of grifters — this guy is one of them,” Bongino said. “Performers? He’s the one doing the GI Joe videos. That was a disgusting speech. He should issue a full-throated apology for. Adam Kinzinger — that’s your guy? That’s the hill to die on? Adam Kinzinger? Somebody should primary that guy, stat. Stat.”

The nickname for Crenshaw circulating on social media is now Database Dan, in reference to the vaccine database bill he and 79 other House Republicans voted for, and have continued to defend.

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