Dan Crenshaw booed after telling young girl not to 'question his faith' at speaking engagement

The congressman responded pointedly to a young Montgomery County Tea Party member who quoted his previous comments comparing Jesus to fictional heroes like Superman.

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Video of Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw's tense interaction with a young attendee at a Montgomery County Tea Party meeting went viral Monday, the latest in a number of public dustups between the congressman and the party's right flank.

Video of Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw's tense interaction with a young attendee at a Montgomery County Tea Party meeting went viral Monday, the latest in a number of public dustups between the congressman and the party's right flank.

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Following a year punctuated by public clashes with disparate elements of the conservative voting base and leadership, Republican congressman Dan Crenshaw found himself again on the receiving end of criticism following a tense exchange with a young attendee at a Monday night speaking event.

Video of the incident was posted to Twitter by conservative personality Seth Weathers. The footage shows the 37-year-old former Navy SEAL at a Montgomery County Tea Party meeting at Citizens Grill on Monday night responding sharply to a young girl at a speaking engagement after being presented with quotes from past comments he'd made on the Jocko podcast back in March of 2020. The video begins with the girl quoting remarks made by Crenshaw in which the congressman seemingly likened Jesus to a fictional character.

"To anyone who hasn't heard," she says. "Crenshaw said 'The most important thing here is that we have important hero archetypes that we look up to. Jesus is a hero archetype. Superman is a hero archetype. Real characters, too. I could name a thousand: Rosa Parks, Ronald Reagan.' End quote."

"I can't wrap my head around this," she finished.

"Well, let me help you," Crenshaw responded. "Put a period after the word 'Jesus' and don't question my faith."

Crenshaw's response drew boos from the crowd and a loud "Wow" from one onlooker.

"You're talking to a little girl!" someone shouts. "You can't talk to a kid like that."

"Don't question my faith," Crenshaw repeats. "You guys can ask questions about all these things, but don't question my faith."

"This is what you said," the young speaker responds.

"You can read the quote again," Crenshaw says. "Nowhere in that quote am I saying 'Jesus is not real.' That's a ridiculous statement."

Crenshaw proceeds to accuse her of "twisting" his words and positions her actions as "not very Christian." Despite Twitter descending on Crenshaw for being "owned" by a 10-year-old girl, social media user @teet_yourself pointed out the individual quoting Crenshaw in the video appears to be an 18-year-old volunteer for Jameson Ellis, one of Crenshaw's political opponents.

Crenshaw's chief of staff Justin Discigil posted a thread Wednesday defending the representative's strong reaction as one rooted in painful lessons of faith learned as a young man. Discigil quoted passages from Crenshaw's book "Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage," in which the representative wrote about losing his mother to cancer at a young age and how it shaped him as a Christian.

The incident is the latest in a series of public dustups involving the second-term Republican congressman.

At an August 2021 fundraising event Crenshaw found himself being heckled by Bobby Piton, a Republican Senate candidate in Illinois, who took objection to the congressman stating he didn't believe the 2020 presidential election had been stolen.

"Don't kid yourself into believing that's why we lost," Crenshaw told attendees at a GOP fundraising function in Rosemont, Illinois, when asked if he believed if the election had been stolen by Democrats. "It's not. I'll tell you openly."

"You're wrong!" Piton shouted. "I have proof."

Crenshaw has also butted heads on social media with rising Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA) in recent weeks, culminating with the Texas congressman calling Greene "a Democrat—or just an idiot" in an Instagram story. The two began feuding after a December FOX News appearance by Crenshaw in which he endorsed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) taking control of COVID-19 testing in the United States.

On January 2, Greene posted an image of Crenshaw's FOX appearance to Instagram and accused Crenshaw of "hurting" the conservative "brand." 

Greene concluded by stating Crenshaw should "stop calling himself conservative."

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