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GOP rep-elect mocked by 'SNL': It would ‘certainly help’ if Trump toned down the rhetoric

GOP rep-elect mocked by 'SNL': It would ‘certainly help’ if Trump toned down the rhetoric
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Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) on Wednesday expressed skepticism that the country's heated political rhetoric will cool down after the midterm elections, but said President TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE could help "lower the temperature."

Crenshaw, who won his election Tuesday in Texas's 2nd District, said he's hopeful areas like comedy and sports won't be politicized moving forward, but acknowledged that "the political rhetoric will probably remain divisive. It will remain mean as ever."

"I’m going to try to be part of the solution there, not part of the problem," he added.

When prompted, Crenshaw agreed Trump could contribute as well.

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"I would always call for him to tone down the rhetoric sometimes and lower the temperature. It would certainly help," Crenshaw said.

The congressman-elect urged politicians and observers to be critical of policy disagreements, rather than attacking the intent or character of a lawmaker.

Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL and lieutenant commander, was thrust into the national spotlight over the weekend when "Saturday Night Live" comedian Pete Davidson mocked his eyepatch, which he wears because he lost his eye serving in Afghanistan.

Davidson drew widespread condemnation for his remarks.

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Crenshaw on Wednesday downplayed the effect Davidson's joke had on the outcome of his campaign.

"It didn’t hurt. I don’t think it helped, but we’ve been working hard for about a year now connecting with voters all over the district," Crenshaw said.

"It’s really been an incredible journey and it paid off last night," he added.