There’s something to be said for thinking about what you say before you say it.
Clearly that’s not a concept that actor Tom Arnold understands, because on Thursday he took a swipe at Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) that ripped a page right out of the “stuck on stupid” handbook.
The freshman Congressman posted a tweet on Thursday decrying the fact that liberals and Democrats take the fun and joy out of everything, especially when it comes to proud moments in American history and patriotism like the 50th aniversary of the Apollo 11 landing:
Why is it that every time something has the potential to bring us together – in this case the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 – leftists media outlets do their best to undermine the notion that Americans should be proud of their country?https://t.co/MWATdUwlXe
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) July 18, 2019
Arnold, who – unlike Crenshaw – is a warrior in keyboard name only, jumped at the chance to suggest that Crenshaw man up and stop “blaming leftists” for “stupid sh*t no one would’ve noticed or cared about”:
I have a theory it’s sad sacks like you who get off pissing on everybody else’s good times by constantly pointing out stupid shit no one would’ve noticed or cared about and blaming leftists whatever the hell that is. What’s with all the whining all the time Top Gun? Sack up! #USA
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) July 18, 2019
Is it just me or did Arnold kinda sort make Crenshaw’s point about liberals taking the fun and joy out of everything?
In any event, the responses to Arnold’s tweet were priceless, but Red State‘s Bonchie had the one that probably hit closest to the mark:
An overweight, washed up comedian telling a war veteran who lost an eye in combat to “sack up” really comes across well.
— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) July 19, 2019
Just for comparison’s sake, here are Crenshaw’s distinctions:
Dan graduated from Tufts University in 2006, where he earned his Naval officer commission through Navy ROTC. He immediately reported to SEAL training in Coronado, CA, where he met his future wife, Tara, just a few months later. After graduating SEAL training, Dan deployed to Fallujah, Iraq to join SEAL Team Three, his first of five deployments overseas.
On Dan’s third deployment in 2012, his life changed forever. After six months of combat operations, Dan was hit by an IED blast during a mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was evacuated and awoke from his medically induced coma learning that his right eye had been destroyed in the blast and his left eye was still present, but badly damaged. Dan was completely blind and the doctors did not believe he would ever see again. Tara stood by him every day and night, keeping faith and praying he would see again. After several difficult surgeries, he eventually regained sight in his left eye, a miracle according to the head surgeon. Dan refused to quit and went on to deploy twice more, first back to the Middle East in 2014 and then South Korea in 2016.
Dan was medically retired in September of 2016, after ten years in the SEAL Teams. He left service with two Bronze Stars (one with Valor), the Purple Heart, and the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor, among many other recognitions. Soon after, Dan completed his Master in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In September of this year, he was back in Houston, volunteering for days on end in areas of Katy devastated by Hurricane Harvey. He saw first-hand the unthinkable losses that his neighbors suffered, but he also saw Texan grit and resilience. He wanted to do more, and this November Dan and Tara decided that the best way to serve the people of Texas would be in elected office.
And so he was.
Based on that information, it’s pretty clear who The Man is in this discussion. But I’ll leave that up to the readers to decide.