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Dan Crenshaw’s far-right Facebook group affiliation brought up after SNL appearance

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Twitter brought up the past affiliation quickly.

Amid the apology from comedian Pete Davidson to Daniel Crenshaw, several people online have pointed out that the Texas Republican—who will soon be a member of the House of Representatives—was previously affiliated with a Facebook group that posted wild conspiracy theories and racist imagery.

Crenshaw, a veteran who was injured in Afghanistan, appeared on Saturday Night Live this weekend in a surprise cameo in the wake of Davidson being criticized for mocking the congressman-elect’s eye patch. On Saturday, Davidson apologized for the joke, calling it a “poor choice of words.”

After the apology, Crenshaw appeared on the show and cracked a few jokes, calling for people on the left and the right of the political spectrum to come together.

“There’s a lot of lessons to learn here,” he said. “Not just that the left and right can still agree on some things, but also this–Americans can forgive one another. We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in each other.”

Despite the acceptance of Davidson’s apology, people on Twitter quickly pointed out that Crenshaw was previously an administrator for a group on Facebook called “Tea Party,” which shared conspiracy theory posts and other questionable content. Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis was also found to be an administrator of the group, as well as Corey Stewart, who ran a pro-Confederacy campaign in Virginia.

Media Matters reported Crenshaw was no longer listed as an administrator of the group as of late August. In a statement to Newsweek earlier this year, he said “never actively managed or interacted with that page” and was added to the group as an administrator “in case I ever wanted to post.”

As the news of the congressman-elect’s apology acceptance spread—with many people pointing out that his appearance was wholesome and even funny at times—people online were quick to bring up his past affiliation with the group.

Crenshaw is already being painted as a rising Republican star and future of the party. But he may not be that far removed from its current iteration.

In a debate for Florida governor, DeSantis denied that being involved with the page was reflective of his views.

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Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).