Representative Dan Crenshaw, who lost an eye while deployed as a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan, was heckled by far right protesters at a GOP event who screeched the slur ‘Eyepatch McCain’ at the Congressman.
Crenshaw, 38, has been hit with the insult – a reference to the late moderate Republican Senator John McCain – ever since Tucker Carlson first brought the moniker up in mid-May.
The Congressman was being accosted by a group of hecklers including Alex Stein, a self-described ‘comedian and social activist’ and others whom witnesses told Mediaite were Proud Boys at the Republican Party of Texas convention Saturday.
The video, which Stein tweeted out himself, shows Stein and others approaching Crenshaw at the event.
‘Eyepatch McCain! Hey, Eyepatch McCain! Look at Eyepatch McCain right here! You’re a globalist RINO!’ he is heard yelling at the Congressman before being led away.
One of Crenshaw’s staffers was allegedly shoved during the protest, although the protesters did not make physical contact with the congressman.
Crenshaw hit back on Twitter later Saturday, calling Stein an ‘angry little boy’ who ‘can’t get girlfriends.’
Representative Dan Crenshaw, who lost an eye while deployed in Afghanistan, was heckled by far right and Proud Boys-adjacent protesters at a GOP event, with one bringing up the recurring nickname of ‘Eyepatch McCain’ at the Congressman
Crenshaw, pictured in December 2021, later jibed that heckler Alex Stein was a ‘little boy’ who couldn’t get a girlfriend
Crenshaw hit back on Twitter later Saturday, calling Stein an ‘angry little boy’ who ‘can’t get girlfriends’
‘Eyepatch McCain! Hey, Eyepatch McCain! Look at Eyepatch McCain right here! You’re a globalist RINO!’ Stein is heard yelling at the Congressman
Stein quote-tweeted Crenshaw and remarked: ‘Dan, I’m 2 feet taller than you bud…lol.’
Carlson first used the name – a reference to the late Arizona Senator McCain’s occasional moderate views – on May 16 after Crenshaw was critical of those who didn’t support military aid for Ukraine, according to The Daily Beast.
‘You know the more I think about it, it takes a lot of gall for eyepatch McCain to attack moms who are worried about baby formula as pro-Russia,’ Carlson said on his Fox News show.
DailyMail.com columnist and McCain’s daughter Meghan slammed Carlson at the time.
This is just trash,’ McCain tweeted. ‘That being said I’m sure @DanCrenshawTX doesn’t mind the comparison.’
In response to this latest dust-up, McCain has retweeted both Crenshaw’s response and a tweet by CNN host Jake Tapper calling it ‘[a]bsolutely disgusting that the far-right has turned a Navy SEAL’s war wound into some lame attempt at derision.’
Another Twitter user later accosted Crenshaw for being a ‘World Economic Forum sellout.’
Crenshaw, previously a favorite target of liberals to the point that then-SNL cast member Pete Davidson publicly apologized to him for mocking his eyepatch after conservatives including Carlson ripped the comedian, has since come under fire from the far right.
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene had gone after Crenwhaw when he appeared on Fox News and called for federal interventions to deal with the rapid spread of the omicron virus variant.
‘So what the federal government should be doing, again, is using their FEMA resources to bolster a lot of these testing sites, open up new testing sites,’ Crenshaw said.
Greene, who got suspended from Twitter on Jan. 2, slammed his remarks on Instagram. She said the feds shouldn’t be setting up testing for ‘sneezes, coughs, and runny noses’ – describing the most mild form of a virus that can also land people int he hospital with severe breathing problems or result in death.
Crenshaw wrote in response: ‘Hey, Marjorie, if suggesting we should follow Trump policy instead of Biden mandates makes you mad, then you might be a Democrat — or just an idiot.’
He kept after her in his ‘victim’ attack – and accused her of playing up such incidents to boost her own fundraising and notoriety. The voted to strip her of committee assignments for some of her prior statements.
Wrote Crenshaw: ‘That Marjorie scoffed at the notion of supporting anti-censorship legislation is indicative of her true intent: to remain a victim. She doesn’t want solutions and she doesnt [sic] care if you get censored. She just wants to be a victim so she can keep asking you for campaign donations. It’s a scam.’
Greene hit back on conservative media platform Gettr: ‘Dan Crenshaw, who spends more time attacking America First Republicans because he (not so secretly) hates Trump, is talking about a bill to ‘hold Big Tech accountable!; but is the same type of toothless bill the Paul Ryan types try to sell to make it look like they’re doing something,’ she wrote.