Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw lost one of his eyes in service to the country. If anyone’s patriotism is to be brought into question, it should definitely not be his.
Unfortunately for television producer and political contributor Wajahat Ali, that’s exactly what happened, the Washington Examiner reports.
Ali wanted to know why Crenshaw did not vote to fund the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund—a legislative proposal making its way through Congress.
Fox News reports the bill aims to better take care of and provide treatment for thousands of first responders who spent seemingly countless hours near, in, and around the fallen World Trade Center buildings.
Here’s more on the bill:
The collapse of the World Trade Center in September 2001 sent a cloud of thick dust billowing over Lower Manhattan. Fires burned for weeks. Thousands of construction workers, police officers, firefighters, and others spent time working in the soot, often without proper respiratory protection.
In the years since, many have seen their health decline, some with respiratory or digestive-system ailments that appeared almost immediately, others with illnesses that developed as they aged, including cancer.
More than 40,000 people have applied to the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, which covers illnesses potentially related to being at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon or Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after the attacks. More than $5 billion in benefits have been awarded out of the $7.4 billion fund, with about 21,000 claims pending.
Wajahat Ali said in a tweet: “Anytime a Republican says they are ‘patriots’ ask them if they voted to fund the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. You know who’s for it? Ilhan Omar. You know who hasn’t sponsored it? Dan Crenshaw.” The tweet has since been deleted.
The Washington Examiner reports Crenshaw is a co-sponsor of the bill, intends to vote for its passage, and previously lost his eye serving the country:
“Hey ‘journalist,’ maybe you should check your facts. I am a co-sponsor. Nice try though,” the Navy SEAL veteran said, adding an X-ray of his skull to prove his patriotism. Crenshaw lost his eye due to an improvised explosive device while on his deployment in Afghanistan in 2012.
Crenshaw was stationed twice overseas after losing his eye. He was medically retired from the Navy in 2016 as a lieutenant commander.
Ali followed up Crenshaw’s tweet with two of his own when he also deleted the initial tweet.
“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,” Ali wrote.
And, “I deleted this [initial tweet] b/c Dan Crenshaw supported the Fund in May after being a holdout. 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.”