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Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) got called out on Friday for a tweet claiming that Republican leadership would end the ongoing government shutdown.
“In an alternate universe where Republicans still held the House, the government would be open, federal workers would have their paychecks, and Border Patrol would have the funding and tools they need. Just something to think about,” Crenshaw tweeted Friday.
In an alternate universe where Republicans still held the House, the government would be open, federal workers would have their paychecks, and Border Patrol would have the funding and tools they need.— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) January 11, 2019
Just something to think about.
As many on Twitter pointed out, Republicans held the House and Senate when the shutdown began.
Lol. Except republicans controlled the house when they shutdown the government but that was 2 and half weeks ago ... soooooo— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) January 11, 2019
Hey man, out of curiosity, who controlled the House when the shutdown started?— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) January 11, 2019
Just something to think about.— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) January 11, 2019
You know this shutdown began when Republicans still held the House, right?— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) January 11, 2019
Facts are pesky things— Shutdown Hostage Viking (@9toed_Viking) January 11, 2019
how do you figure? This shutdown started with Republicans in control of all three branches of government….— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) January 11, 2019
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) shot back, too.
Um, that wasn't an alternate universe. That was last month.— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 11, 2019
Oh wait ...
Some pointed out that Crenshaw might have missed the lead-up to the shutdown because he was busy with other endeavors.
But but but that was a long time ago and you were very busy on SNL so maybe you missed it— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) January 11, 2019
He went on SNL, Parker.— Tyler Dinucci (@TylerDinucci) January 11, 2019
Crenshaw appeared on Saturday Night Live in November after cast member Pete Davidson made a joke about his eye patch.
As the partial shutdown moves into its 22nd day, government employees continue to work without payment, as the Associated Press reported Friday, and division over President Donald Trump’s border wall continues. Crenshaw has said that he will not take a Congressional salary until federal workers are paid again.
I cannot in good conscience get paid while federal employees’ financial futures hang in the balance because of this partial government shutdown. I’ve asked the Chief Administrative Officer to withhold my pay until we have come to an agreement to adequately fund border security. pic.twitter.com/2g37vAAtx2— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) January 10, 2019
The two houses of Congress, despite both having Republican majorities at the time, could not pass a funding bill in December. A bill to fund the government could not pass the Senate without some Democratic votes, which did not materialize by the Dec. 21 vote.
The logic behind Crenshaw’s tweet is unclear; multiple attempts to reach Crenshaw for comment were unsuccessful.
Ellen Ioanes is the FOIA reporter at the Daily Dot, where she covers U.S. politics. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Center for Public Integrity, HuffPost India, and more.