‘I’m going to try to be part of the solution there, not part of the problem….’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Newly elected Republican Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) said President Trump could help end the divisive political environment after the midterm elections by cooling down his rhetoric.
Crenshaw, who won his election Tuesday in Texas’s 2nd district, said he doubts the confrontational language will disappear, but there are steps Republicans can take to bring the country back together.
“The political rhetoric will probably remain divisive. It will remain as mean as ever,” Crenshaw said during an interview with CNN on Wednesday. “I’m going to try to be part of the solution there, not part of the problem.”
When asked if Trump contributed to the divisive climate, Crenshaw agreed that the president could do more to end the division.
“I would always call for him to tone down the rhetoric sometimes and lower the temperature. It would certainly help,” he said.
Crenshaw urged politicians and pundits alike to focus on policies rather than the characters and intentions of the men and women who support them.
Trump admitted he’d like to have a “softer tone” moving forward. In an interview with ABC 7 News on Monday, Trump said one of the things he’d do over, if given the chance, is his rhetoric.
“I feel, to a certain extent, I have no choice, but maybe I do, and maybe I could have been softer from that standpoint,” Trump said.
Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL and lieutenant commander, experienced the effect of divisive combat earlier this week when “Saturday Night Live” comedian Pete Davidson mocked his eyepatch, saying he looks more like a star in a “porno” than a political candidate. Crenshaw lost his eye serving in Afghanistan.
Crenshaw said Davidson’s joke didn’t hurt or help his campaign.
“It didn’t hurt. I don’t think it helped, but we’ve been working hard for about a year now connecting with voters all over the district,” he said. “It’s really been an incredible journey and it paid off last night.”