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Rep.-Elect Dan Crenshaw: Trump's Optics Not Important as Actions

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Incoming Representative Dan Crenshaw attends a House of Representatives member-elect welcome briefing on Capitol Hill November 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) 

By    |   Sunday, 18 November 2018 01:22 PM

Republican Texas Rep.-elect Dan Crenshaw said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s optics aren’t as important as his actions when it comes to the military.

In remarks on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who lost his eye when an IED exploded during his service in Afghanistan, responded to criticism of Trump’s absence at a Veterans Day event at Arlington National Cemetery earlier this month.

“I’ve been to Arlington multiple times to bury my friends… and gone back occasionally,” he said. “I also know the president on a very personal level has treated those Gold Star families very well, and he has embraced them and has been very good to them. 

“I would have liked to see him there, but as veterans, I don't think it necessarily effects us, where he shows up to anyway, ceremonial fashion,” he added. “What effects us, are you giving us a clear mission? The equipment we need to do it? Are you raising pay for the military? 

“He has done all of these things. That's what matters to me as a veteran.”

Crenshaw — who was mocked, and then apologized to, by “Saturday Night Live” —  says there has to be an end to personal attacks.

“My whole message last week was- was I really attacked, or offended?” he said. “That doesn't mean that what was said wasn't highly insulting and needs to be addressed. But I don't feel like I was really attacked.

“The other message we're trying to send is: Don't insult people. We can attack each other's ideas but not each other as people. That should be the goal moving forward.”

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Republican Texas Rep.-elect Dan Crenshaw said Sunday that President Donald Trump's optics aren't as important as his actions when it comes to the military.
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