JUST IN: Crenshaw Finally Breaks Silence After Calling Conservatives Terrorists

(CBrief) – Republican Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw is doing some backtracking after calling some of his fellow Republican Congressmembers “terrorists.”

The representative appeared on the CNN show “State of the Union” on Sunday where he spoke to host Jake Tapper about the entire ordeal of electing Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

“Things get heated and things get said,” the representative said of his comments. “Obviously, to the people who took offense by that, it’s pretty obvious that it’s meant as a turn of phrase.”

“A metaphor,” the host said.

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“It in the context of intransient negotiations,” the Texas representative said.

“I’ve got thick skin. I’m called awful, vile things by the very same wing of the party that I was fighting at that moment. So I was a little taken aback by the sensitivity of it. But to the extent that I have colleagues that were offended by it, I sincerely apologize to them. I don’t want them to think I actually believe they’re terrorists. It’s certainly a turn of phrase that you use in an intransient negotiation,” he said.

He said that there was frustration in not knowing what those members who were voting against Speaker McCarthy wanted.

The representative said that there was not “as much disagreement as everyone thinks” in negotiations about what those members wanted from McCarthy in the House Rules package and concessions.

“That’s what justified the animosity all week and it seems very, very pointless,” he said.

“There was no reason for us to keep voting, keep voting, keep allowing these speeches that just degraded and diminished and insulted Kevin McCarthy. We didn’t have to keep doing that. We could have just adjourned for the whole week and just kept negotiating. So that’s where the heartburn is and that’s what I want people to know. This deal was easy. That wasn’t the hard part,” he said.

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