Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) sparred this week with “Fox & Friends” host Rachel Campos-Duffy about the GOP members view on how much the United States should be involved in Ukraine.
Dan Crenshaw said that giving military aid to Ukraine is hard but it can be done through “a matter of will.” He then disagreed with the lawmakers who are repeating what Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin has said, saying that these actions would “provoke him.”
“I don’t care what Vladimir Putin says. I did not know Putin was our U.S. security adviser,” Crenshaw said. “But of course he is going to try to bully you into not helping them. How can we not know his plan by now? He goes outside the normal boundary’s, then he claims to be victimized when people are reacting and then he uses the victimization to go after more aggression. This is the way Putin acts and we need to quit falling for it, I do not care if it is being provoked.”
Campos-Duffy said that the Republican Party is split on the Biden administration’s involvement, arguing that anyone who says the U.S. should stay cautious on helping Ukraine are “Supporters of Putin or traitorous.”
“I do not believe it is as evenly divided as you make it seem on the GOP members side,” Crenshaw pushed back. “I believe it is an extremely small minority that thinks that we should not care about anything that is going on in the world.”
“That is not what I said,” Campos-Duffy replied.
“I know, but that is what many people are saying and they are repeating Putin’s speaking points,” the representative continued. “And that is a problem.”
“I do not believe so,” the host replied.
Crenshaw argued that these speaking points will give the left “something to hook onto” and is not an accurate interpretation of the GOP members viewpoints. He said global crises and alliances matter and it is “naive” to believe that it does not effect the United States.
“America is not First when we just watch as Russia and China destroy and take over our allies,” the Texas representative said. “That makes America Last.”
“Congressman, I would just like to make a point,” Campos-Duffy joined in. “I do appreciate your view, but because you did say that they are repeating the Russian speaking points I am just going to have to disagree. I am not repeating the Russian speaking points, and I believe I represent the way many of the conservatives are feeling. I don’t believe they are repeating Russian speaking points.”