Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a Republican from Texas, pushed backmost connected disapproval and "toxic trolling" helium received aft missing votes successful the new 118th Congress, which officially began connected Saturday but had its archetypal legislative debates and votes earlier this week.
Laura Loomer, a governmental activistic and failed legislature candidate, and others took to Twitter to telephone retired the Texas lawmaker implicit his absence, which helium admitted to and unapologetically defended.
"Yes, Laura, it was connected purpose," Crenshaw said successful a tweet Wednesday afternoon. "I flew to San Diego for a ceremonial for a person and progressive work SEAL."
He added: "Kindly delete your toxic and obsessive trolling if you don’t mind."
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Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, is seen extracurricular a gathering of the House Republican Conference successful the U.S. Capitol connected Tuesday, January 3, 2023. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
The tweet responded to Loomer, 29, who called Crenshaw a RINO [Republican In Name Only] and said helium was "the ONLY Republican who skipped the vote" to signifier a caller subcommittee.
"He besides skipped the Rules Package vote," Loomer added successful the tweet. The ballot connected the rules is typically the archetypal ballot held aft the assemblage chooses a talker and swears successful caller members, arsenic it dictates however members and the assemblage volition govern during the session.
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Loomer, who does not shy distant from contention and has subsequently recovered herself banned from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Uber, and PayPal, did not delete the post.
Instead, she doubled down successful a tweet saying lawmakers "don’t person the luxury of skipping enactment for sick days, funerals, oregon days off."
Representative Dan Crenshaw, a Republican from Houston, speaks successful Austin, Texas, US, connected Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. (Jordan Vonderhaar/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Crenshaw defended his lack successful effect to different user, who likewise noted the lawmaker missed votes connected the rules bundle and the instauration of the new committee, yet passed and volition analyse the weaponization of the national authorities nether the Biden administration.
"I missed immoderate votes this week connected relationship of a ceremonial successful San Diego for my person and chap SEAL. Being with my brothers was simply much important," Crenshaw said.
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"Thankful that my obsessive trolls connected Twitter noticed my little absence," helium continued successful the tweet.
Crenshaw yet returned to Washington, D.C., to enactment the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which provides ineligible protections to immoderate babe calved live aft an attempted abortion.
The bill, which yet passed 220-210, says the newly-born kid is recognized arsenic a "legal idiosyncratic for each purposes nether the laws of the United States."
Doctors would past beryllium required to attraction for the babe arsenic a "reasonably diligent and conscientious wellness attraction practitioner would render to immoderate different kid calved alive."
Republican activistic Laura Loomer shouts astatine Jack Dorsey creator, co-founder, and erstwhile Chairman of Twitter successful Miami, Florida, connected June 4, 2021. (MARCO BELLO/AFP via Getty Images)
Michael Avenatti (L) and Laura Loomer astatine the Los Angeles Convention Center connected October 20, 2018 successful Los Angeles, California. (Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Politicon)
Republicans wide supported the Born Alive Act and it was opposed chiefly by Democrats — each but 2 of which voted against it.
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"Tonight we voted connected the Born Alive Act. It is utterly non-controversial to each mean person, but a hard NO from astir each Democrat successful Congress. That’s crazy," Crenshaw said connected Twitter Wednesday afternoon.
He added: "The Democrats are acold excessively utmost connected this contented and NOT successful enactment with the American people. At all."
The measure volition not apt wide the U.S. Senate, wherever Democrats clasp a majority.
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Loomer ran for Florida's 11th Congressional District spot successful 2022 but mislaid successful the Republican primary. She besides mislaid successful 2020, aft she earned the Republican information for Florida’s 21st Congressional District, to incumbent Rep. Lois Frankel, a Democrat, by a wide margin.