Dan Crenshaw Torches Beto for Claiming Texas Reopened Too Soon: 'Some People Work'
Republican rep nukes O'Rourke's privileged lifestyle over tone deaf comments
Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) has torched Beto O'Rourke after the failed Democratic presidential candidate complained that Texas is reopening from lockdowns too soon.
On Thursday, former congressman O'Rourke (D) attacked Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) for reopening the state.
The move to allow Texans to return to work follows months of citizens being unable to earn a living due to coronavirus shutdown measures.
Crenshaw made his point to multi-millionaire Beto by reminding him that "some people work."
O'Rourke tweeted Wednesday: "Against advice of public health experts Abbott reopened too soon, put Texans in harm's way (especially African Americans, Latinos & low-wage workers), won't let cities manage increased health risk by requiring masks & now blames young people for record level of hospitalizations."
He argued the situation is "a case of those who believe government is the problem making government the problem."
"What can we do?" Beto asked his followers.
"Stay home when possible, wear masks when we leave the house, follow public health guidance & register, organize, & vote to elect a new government in Texas."
A case of those who believe government is the problem making government the problem. What can we do? Stay home when possible, wear masks when we leave the house, follow public health guidance & register, organize, & vote to elect a new government in Texas.— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) June 17, 2020
But Crenshaw wasn't having it.
"Let me get this straight Beto: you think lockdowns help low wage workers?" the Republican replied.
"You mean all those who lost their jobs because of universal lockdowns that you advocate for?"
Crenshaw then pointed out: "Not everyone lives in a nice mansion.
"Some people work. And they're not gonna let you keep them captive to fear."
Let me get this straight Beto: you think lockdowns help low wage workers? You mean all those who lost their jobs because of universal lockdowns that you advocate for?— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) June 19, 2020
Not everyone lives in a nice mansion. Some people work. And they’re not gonna let you keep them captive to fear https://t.co/E4lkcl6BC6
Crenshaw's dig was not overtly personal, but could certainly be interpreted as such.
Regardless, it served as a signal flagging O'Rourke's privilege.
Newsweek reported that O'Rourke, a radical leftist, was one of the most wealthy members of Congress when he served in the House of Representatives.
The outlet noted that according to the New York Times, he is married to the daughter of a billionaire, so Crenshaw's comments served as a reminder that O'Rourke is not living in the same world as those for whom he purports to advocate.
But O'Rourke is aware of that.
In 2018, the former congressman told The Associated Press, "I was very fortunate, and I recognize that a lot of people don't have that same fortune."