- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Rep. Dan Crenshaw schooled New York Times writer Wajahat Ali on the “facts” Tuesday on Twitter after Mr. Ali accused him of not supporting a fund he actually co-sponsored.

The exchange started Tuesday afternoon after comedian Jon Stewart gave an emotional speech on Capitol Hill defending a bill that would permanently reauthorize the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which provides health care benefits to people with illnesses related to the 2001 terror attacks. The House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed the bill on Wednesday.

Mr. Ali, a New York Times contributing columnist, took the opportunity to call out Mr. Crenshaw for not voting for the bill.

“Anytime a Republican says they are ‘patriots’ ask them if they voted to fund the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund,” Mr. Ali wrote in a now-deleted tweet. “You know who’s for it? Ilhan Omar. You know who hasn’t sponsored it? Dan Crenshaw. @DanCrenshawTX, I hope you do the right thing. If not, why aren’t you?”

Mr. Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL and Purple Heart recipient, did not immediately support the bill when it was introduced in February, explaining at the time that he would wait until it was finalized to see what’s in it, Business Insider reported. On May 24, the Texas congressman officially became a co-sponsor.

“Hey ‘journalist,’ maybe you should check your facts,” Mr. Crenshaw responded to Mr. Ali. “I am a co-sponsor. Nice try though.”

The congressman, who was wounded in 2012 after an improvised explosive device detonated in Afghanistan, included an X-ray of his injury in the tweet, Business Insider confirmed.

Mr. Ali thanked Mr. Crenshaw for the information and deleted his original tweet, further advising the congressman to amend his past criticism of Ms. Omar, a freshman Democrat.

“Thanks for letting me know. I’m glad you did and I have no problem correcting and updating the record with facts. Now try it with your comments about Ilhan Omar. You’ll feel better. Sincerely, a fellow patriot,” Mr. Ali wrote.

“I deleted this b/c Dan Crenshaw supported the Fund in May after being a holdout,” Mr. Ali added, including a screenshot of his deleted tweet. “Apologies to him for the tweet. I have no problem admitting it & correcting the record with facts. For those trying to ‘own’ me, especially as you still promote ‘alternative facts,’ enjoy Tuesday.”

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