New York Times contributor Wajahat Ali made some pretty significant mistakes recently. He inaccurately called out Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw for not sponsoring the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund via Twitter Tuesday.
But the Texas congressman is on the list as one of the bill’s co-sponsors on the Congressional website along with more than 300 other lawmakers. Crenshaw didn’t wast any time making sure Ali became aware of his involvement.
The Times contributor tweeted out this message contrasting Crenshaw with Rep. Ilhan Omar: “Anytime a Republican says they are ‘patriots’ ask them if they voted to fund the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. You know who’s for it? Ilhan Omar,” Ali wrote. “You know who hasn’t sponsored it? Dan Crenshaw. @DanCrenshawTX, I hope you do the right thing. If not, why aren’t you?”
The tweet has since been deleted, but was saved by Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra.
Screenshot for when he deletes it pic.twitter.com/9G3zQ8waLK
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 11, 2019
Ali’s comment included a link to an ABC News Politics clip of former The Daily Show host and 9/11 victim advocate Jon Stewart criticizing lawmakers Monday for allowing the Victim Compensation Fund to run low.
ABC New Politics tweeted this quote from Stewart: “Your indifference cost these men and women their most valuable commodity: time.”
“Hey ‘journalist,’ maybe you should check your facts,” Crenshaw wrote, responding to Ali’s charge. “I am a co-sponsor. Nice try though.”
The Texas congressman also included an X-Ray of his own skull after the words, “Also, ‘patriotism.’” Crenshaw lost his right eye in an IED blast while serving in Afghanistan.
Hey “journalist,” maybe you should check your facts. I am a co-sponsor. Nice try though.
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) June 11, 2019
The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) was originally designed by Congress as a way to compensate 9/11 victims in exchange for not suing the airlines which owned the hijacked planes. It has been funded several times since then but has faced financial problems because of a spike in the number of claims.
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