At an event on November 4, 2019 Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) suggested that criticism of the State of Israel should not be protected speech under the First Amendment.
Apparently Congressman Dan Crenshaw believes that carte blanche support of Israel is more important than the First Amendment rights of Americans.
According to Crenshaw, anyone who believes otherwise is an antisemite. pic.twitter.com/Jtrhw1cXU0
— Founding Intent (@FoundingIntent) November 5, 2019
The questioner asked about federal laws that are now requiring contractors to sign a pledge that states they will not participate in the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement, or the voluntary boycott of the State of Israel over what activists see as human rights abuses.
The audience member also brought up a law that was recently passed by the state of Florida prohibiting anti-Semitism in public schools and universities throughout the state but is written in such a way as to conflate “anti-Semitism” with criticism of the Israeli State.
There is a big difference between targeting a group because of their race or religion, and criticism of a military power. Not all members of the Jewish community are supportive of the State of Israel, and some are even part of the BDS movement themselves (see image below).
When asked by the audience member directly “Will you honor your oath and denounce these laws here, now and forever?” Crenshaw deflected and attacked the motives of the questioner instead of providing a thoughtful answer.
Crenshaw claimed he was calling out the ‘bad intentions’ of the audience member who asked the question and accused him of “cloaking yourself in the First Amendment” as an excuse to engage in what he termed “vehement anti-Semitism.”
This isn’t the first time the junior Congressman has displayed a seeming betrayal of his supposed conservative and America First priorities.
In 2015, three years before be was elected to Congress, Dan Crenshaw called Trump an insane hateful idiot. Now that he is in Congress, he poses as a Trump ally while working to undermine his administration and keep us in the Middle East forever pic.twitter.com/0k5s2WHzdj
— Liberty Hangout (@LibertyHangout) November 4, 2019
Dan Crenshaw has also voiced support for Red Flag ‘gun control’ laws that most conservatives believe are Orwellian pre-crime gestapo-like measures.
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