Crenshaw: Republicans can't 'excommunicate' Trump

Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawCotton, Pentagon chief tangle over diversity training in military The hypocrisy of weeding out identity politics in the military Crenshaw trolled after asking for examples of 'woke ideology' in military MORE (R-Texas) on Sunday argued that the GOP could not simply "excommunicate" former President TrumpDonald TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE from its ranks, although he declined to say whether he believes Trump is the "legitimate leader of the Republican Party."

During an interview on "Meet the Press" that frequently became heated, host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddOvernight Health Care: US to donate 500 million Pfizer doses to other countries: reports | GOP's attacks on Fauci at center of pandemic message | Federal appeals court blocks Missouri abortion ban Fauci on Blackburn video: 'No idea what she is talking about' Fauci: Attacks on me are really also 'attacks on science' MORE asked Crenshaw if he believes Trump is the "legitimate leader of the Republican Party."

"Hold on. I believe that you're not going to excommunicate a former president, right? And I refuse to — I refuse to go into the sort of black and white thinking about it's either totally one thing or totally the other," Crenshaw replied.

"These are complex human relationships that involve millions of people," he added. "Look, I do not think Trump is the devil, and I won't say that. I don't think he's Jesus either, you know? I'm a rational human being about this."

"I'm going to agree where I agree. I'm going to disagree where I disagree. And I refuse to allow this drama to engulf us," Crenshaw said.

Addressing Reps. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyCheney: 'It is disgusting and despicable' to see Gosar 'lie' about Jan. 6 GOP's Stefanik defends Trump DOJ secret subpoenas McCarthy pushes back on Biden criticism of GOP at NATO MORE (R-Wyo.) and Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerKinzinger: Conspiracy theory FBI planned Jan. 6 example of 'legacy of Trump and Trumpism' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' Why the Democrats need Joe Manchin MORE (R-Ill.), who have become prominent critics of the GOP's embrace of Trump, Crenshaw said, "You're not going to get the colleagues who believe in that stuff to apologize to you, to agree with you."

Throughout the interview, Crenshaw appeared to want to distance himself from the "drama" of the Republican infighting centered around Cheney. The Texas lawmaker accused the "largely liberal" media of being too focused on Trump and said it was "time to move on."

Todd shot back that Crenshaw's evaluation was incorrect, saying there was "nothing lazier" than the argument the congressman put forward. Todd argued that it was Trump who was keeping the focus on him and on the "drama" of the Republican Party.