Ex-SOCOM Commander Disses Former SEAL Congressman’s Political Action Video

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Last week, Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL and combat veteran, released another action video, this time in support of Republican Senate candidates, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, in Georgia. The deliberately over-the-top video shows Crenshaw parachuting into Georgia and fighting dopey Antifa activists.

The future of the U.S. Senate, and the Republic, hangs in the balance.

I found the video – ‘Georgia Reloaded’ – entertaining, if a bit long at times, and effective to rally the conservative base in Georgia.

But apparently, others disagreed.

In a Tweet of his own, retired Gen. Raymond Thomas, a former head of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), dissed Crenshaw’s video, calling the video “embarrassing” and said he thought it was a “Saturday Night Live” skit.

The general served in several combat operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and parts of Central America. Thomas retired in March 2019.

The “Georgia Reloaded” video follows Crenshaw’s similar ‘Texas Reloaded” video released in November for the election. Crenshaw, a Republican, represents Texas’ 2nd District. Business Insider reports that despite his macho military video, his eye patch is real.

“In 2012, on his third deployment to the Middle East as a member of SEAL Team 3, he was wounded by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. He lost his right eye.”

The Texas video bills itself as the “greatest joint campaign ad in history.” In it, Business Insider describes, Crenshaw is shown receiving a secret mission to “save Texas.” Crenshaw then “parachutes into his state, where he recruits a team of local conservative leaders, all of whom have national-security or military backgrounds.”

 

The Georgia video takes the Texas video idea a bit further. BI continues:

In the “Georgia Reloaded” video, Crenshaw goes on another mission to combat “far-left activists” the video identifies as lawmakers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, among others, by rallying support for “American patriots,” in this case Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.

Crenshaw also battles actors playing members of Antifa, a loose federation of left-wing ‘anti-fascist’ (aka – fascist) activists.

Crenshaw’s response to the criticism? “Donations raised from this video? Over $100,000 so far,” Crenshaw tweeted. “Driving the left absolutely insane? Priceless.”

Is Crenshaw’s video embarrassing, or entertaining and effective? Or both? We report. You decide.


Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Pat K Dietrich
Pat K Dietrich
9 months ago

Loved the video !

Jojodmonkey
Jojodmonkey
9 months ago

Thomas is a communist traitor and should get those rewards!

Teresa McGill
Teresa McGill
9 months ago

If you choose to accept this mission you will bug the poop out of the left. Love this but than I have a sense of humor unlike the little skinny wieners of ANTIFA and BLM.

Marina
Marina
9 months ago

The retired General is jealous, he needs to run for office, which side is he going to choose, the ccp dems or the freedom.
Back in the 1960’s they had to crawl under their desk, Tony is crawling under.

Adjunct George
Adjunct George
9 months ago

I’m not surprised t the General’s comments. The upper level command was promoted under the Obama regime. I’m just worried about what will happen under a Biden regime at this time. We have not had enough time to rebuild the military corps. The joke overseas is that we have the best NCO corps in the world and one of the worst officer corps. We promote on politics due to the up or out policy. Who wins with that type of policy? Political officers over those too busy honing their craft of fighting a war. Retired Major.

MikefromTexas
MikefromTexas
9 months ago

Ya want to diss a GOP service person, try McCain.

Actuck
Actuck
9 months ago
Reply to  MikefromTexas

I agree 100%.

steve norman
steve norman
9 months ago
Reply to  MikefromTexas

McShame

DOMINIC PASQUAROSA
DOMINIC PASQUAROSA
9 months ago

Great video, well done! Totally unpretentious! Right to the point! TINY THOMAS,,,,,is full of himself! Spoiled old man!

Bemused Berserker
Bemused Berserker
9 months ago

The General “served?” Is sitting behind the lines directing others to die, a definition of service? Did the General catch a bullet, lose an eye, or was his Purple Heart from a paper cut? Enquiring minds want to know.

schmed
schmed
9 months ago

Calm down, folks–even the article acknowledges it’s over the top. The general did not “diss” Crenshaw’s service or his right to express his views; just the ridiculousness of the video.

Bob
Bob
9 months ago

So Tony, just what are you doing about the political situation? What are you doing to encourage voting. Nada!

Camille Gilliam
9 months ago

Great job! Loved this video!!

steve norman
steve norman
9 months ago

I guess if you are a whiney liberal azzhat, then you won’t like the video.
Probably the fierce Tony the complainer should be featured on SNL as himself – a trash can.

Apollo
9 months ago

It’s a real cool video

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
9 months ago

It is only embarrassing to them that want it to be.

Shawn Luong
Shawn Luong
9 months ago

Loved the video. Disregard what the ex gen said. Sit on his Axx. What is he doing to encourage Georgians to go out and vote.


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