Rep. Dan Crenshaw is teaching Rep. Ilhan Omar a lesson on what’s really happening in the socialist country of Venezuela after she casted part of the blame on the United States.
“A lot of the policies that we’ve put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela,” Rep. Omar said during an interview with “Democracy Now” this week. “And we’ve sort of set the stage for where we’re arriving today.”
The freshman congresswoman’s controversial remark sparked outrage among conservatives, including Vice President Mike Pence who claimed that she is someone who “chooses socialism over freedom.”
Vice President Pence doubled down during a Fox News interview on Friday, saying that “the congresswoman doesn’t know what she’s talking about.”
Rep. Omar responded to the criticism, calling it an attack on “women of color” to “make us feel small.”
Crenshaw spoke with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on Friday and told her that Omar’s “opinion is one that is not based on facts or reality.”
The former Navy SEAL, whose family moved around the world for his father’s job in the oil and gas industry, including Ecuador, Colombia, even Caracas, Venezuela, said he’s watched the socialist policies “ruin the country,” adding that “it’s not U.S. policy.”
“Notice she didn’t give an example because she doesn’t have any,” Crenshaw said.
The Republican congressman gave Omar a lesson on what’s happening in Venezuela:
“What’s actually happened is through price controls and nationalization of private industry, you’ve ruined an economy. […] When you put in these kinds of socialist policies, it destroys a country. It happens over and over again. People starve. That is what’s happening right now. These failed ideas that keep bubbling up.”
“It’s a real shame to see that we have members of Congress actually defending them,” he said.
Dan Crenshaw slammed the “cheap shot” used when people cast the blame on the U.S. and then claim “if you disagree with me, you’re disagreeing with me because of my identity.”
As for military intervention in Venezuela, he said: “We don’t want to remove that [option] from the table.”
While dictator Maduro holds onto his power in Venezuela, President Trump has made it clear that he recognizes interim president Juan Guaidó as the leader.
When also asked about military intervention, President Trump told Fox News that “there’s always a tipping point, but certainly I’d rather not do that.”