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Dan Crenshaw, a retired Navy SEAL, represents the Second Congressional District of Texas in the US House of Representatives. Many know Crenshaw from his exchange with Pete Davidson on Saturday Night Live. After Davidson mocked Crenshaw on SNL, both sides of the media were quick to judge Davidson’s offensive remarks to a veteran, which later led to Crenshaw’s appearance on SNL on Veterans Day Weekend. Instead of going after Davidson, Crenshaw gave a message about forgiving others, coming together, and connecting with a veteran on Veterans Day. After this, Crenshaw was deeply respected by the media and the GOP. After serving two months in the House of Representatives, Crenshaw has been viewed by some as the “Future of the GOP” and still receives significant media coverage. Based on Crenshaw’s views, policies and recent quotations, I believe this to be an accurate speculation. I also think that many of Crenshaw’s quotes reflect the direction in which the GOP is heading.

  1. “When you say “never forget” to a veteran, you are implying that, as an American, you are in it with them — not separated by some imaginary barrier between civilians and veterans, but connected together as grateful fellow Americans who will never forget the sacrifices made by veterans past and present.”

This quote was taken from Crenshaw’s remarks during his SNL appearance. This quote implies that Crenshaw would like to see respect for Veterans and does not want to see their sacrifice forgotten in the minds of Americans. In terms of the future of the GOP, these remarks are very important. Due to the rise of inherent disrespect of the American flag that has been seen on the left, especially the controversy with the kneeling in the NFL, I think the GOP is trying to bolster their support for veterans and America in general in 2020 election. I think this pro-veteran, pro-America stance will be marketed even more by the GOP in the 2020 election due to anti-American remarks coming from the left. I think President Trump will also continue to promote his “America First” notion in the election as well. Just like Crenshaw’s quote appeals to GOP veteran voters, Trump has also been appealing to the veterans and I think he will continue to do so in 2020. Of veteran voters, 62 percent say President Trump is a strong leader and 57 percent approve of the job he is doing as president.

  1. Israel is our most important ally in the Middle East. We must always stand with Israel.”

Crenshaw’s quote about his support for Israel reflects the current and future GOP very well. It seems as if the GOP voters seem to be increasingly pro-Israel. This has only strengthened since President Trump moved the United States Embassy to Jerusalem. In addition to the pro-Israel stance of the GOP, I feel as if the GOP will continue to state their stance on Israel due to the fact that prominent figures on the left such as Ilan Omar have openly made anti-semitic remarks and events that are tied to the left such as the women’s march have been called out for anti-semitism as well. In addition to Crenshaw, other key figures within the GOP have also openly stated their support for Israel such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. I think the GOP currently and in the future will promote their stance on Israel and their pro-life stance on abortion to make sure they get the evangelical vote and to provide an alternative to the rhetoric the left is preaching such as Ilan Omar saying that Israel has “hypnotized the world” and the infanticide rhetoric spoken by Democrats like Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.

  1.  ”Outrage culture should scare all reasonable people in America.”

Crenshaw stated this in a tweet this month. Crenshaw’s language used in this tweet reflects the direction the GOP is going in terms of not caving to the mob. Recently, if you have been on Twitter or any social media platform, if seems as if Democrats are running on a platform of outrage. The protests outside of campus speeches by conservatives like Ben Shapiro are a perfect example of this. I think the GOP is trying to counteract this “outrage culture” by defending free speech and not being apart of the mob. A perfect example of this is Trump’s new executive order coming that deals with free speech on campuses. Crenshaw’s tweet directly points in the direction the GOP is going which is being tolerant, advocating for free speech and not bowing to the outrage mob.

I think Crenshaw’s recent rhetoric is a great reflection of the future of the GOP especially in terms of the 2020 election and I think it is safe to say he is the future of the GOP..

CLAIRE S
CABINET