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‘Tucker lying for attention’: GOP lawmaker feuds with ex-Fox News host

Conservative media host Tucker Carlson was under fire on Friday after he attacked a Republican lawmaker for voting in favor a bill that would encourage TikTok to divest from its Chinese ownership.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) voted in support of the bill, after which Carlson said, “This is Rep. Dan Crenshaw as he walks out of the Capitol after voting to give Joe Biden the power to shut down news sites that dare to challenge him.” Crenshaw evaluated the evidence instead of making any announcement in public.

“Crenshaw tells reporter Liam Cosgrove that U.S. intel agencies don’t meddle in domestic news coverage, when of course he knows that’s untrue. Watch his face as he says it. Liar,” Carlson said after the vote.

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In response to the attack, Crenshaw said the former news host was “lying for attention, as usual.”

“Maybe since he lost his production assistants at Fox News he can no longer do basic research or read short legislation,” according to the lawmaker. “Nothing in the TikTok bill gives anyone any authority to shut down news agencies. Tucker is mad about a bill that simply stops the CCP from stealing the data of tens of millions Americans and using TikTok to push their propaganda.”

Crenshaw also clarified that, by his count, “90% of conservatives in the House voted for this bill.”

“None of this is surprising, since Tucker never misses an opportunity to defend America’s enemies, and of course garner some clickbait on his Chinese TikTok account,” according to the post from the lawmaker.

Trump has opposed the bill but has in the past spoken against the use of the app.

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