Crenshaw Unhinged: Texas Tribune Fact-Checks Dan as he Angrily Doubles Down on Debunked Voter Fraud Conspiracies

September 22, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas -- During yesterday’s Texas Tribune Festival, Congressman Dan Crenshaw lost his temper, lied with confidence, and peddled debunked voter fraud conspiracy theories while angrily suggesting that journalists like his interviewer — Politico’s chief political correspondent Tim Alberta — “need to be more honest about this.”

When the conversation broached voter fraud, Dan went off the rails with some Trump-level truth denial, calling absentee voting “extremely dangerous.” And while the congressman confidently twisted the truth, the Texas Tribune held him accountable for his false claims with a mid-interview fact-check, as seen in the “Editor’s Note” above.

Afterwards, Tim Alberta chronicled Dan’s rambling, contradictory, and outright false comments:

Read some other event highlights below courtesy of the Texas Tribune and the Houston Chronicle.

Texas Tribune: U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw calls expanding mail-in voting “playing with fire” despite rarity of voter fraud

By: Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff

  • U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Houston, doubled down on the claim that expanding voting by mail is not secure, saying it was like “playing with fire” in a conversation that aired Monday as part of the 2020 Texas Tribune Festival.

  • Republicans and President Donald Trump have repeatedly tried to sow doubt over the reliability of voting by mail, alleging it allows for widespread fraud.

  • During the interview with Politico’s Tim Alberta, Crenshaw raised concerns about voting practices in Pennsylvania and Nevada, falsely saying that Pennsylvania was sending unsolicited ballots to voters.

  • In June, The Washington Post analyzed data collected in five elections in three states, including Colorado, that proactively sent ballots to voters in 2016 and 2018. Just 372 possible cases of double voting or voting on behalf of dead people were identified, the Post reported. That amounted to 0.0025% of votes cast.

Houston Chronicle: Rep. Dan Crenshaw says Democrats exaggerate risk of voting during pandemic

By: Jeremy Wallace

  • “Everybody can go vote,” Crenshaw told interviewer Tim Alberta of Politico. “This is nonsense. I’m tired of this nonsense that it is not safe to vote.”

  • Crenshaw said he doesn’t believe Democrats have a plan for widespread fraud but says they want to pave the way for universal mail-in voting and are opening the door to fraud.

  • “I think they want to create doubt. Especially in this election,” Crenshaw said. “I think they want to allow people to vote who don’t vote — who shouldn’t be voting.”

  • Crenshaw is running for re-election in the 2nd Congressional District, which runs from northeast Harris County, includes areas around Spring and in West Houston. Democrat Sima Ladjevardian is running against Crenshaw.

  • “If Crenshaw wants to spend his days peddling fear and disinformation, he can go work in President Trump's communications shop and let Sima Ladjevardian fight for the health care needs of this community,” said Ladjevardian’s campaign spokesman Dan Gottlieb.


Sima Ladjevardian (SEE-ma LAHJ-ee-VAR-DEE-un) is a lawyer, a mother of two, a breast cancer survivor, and a political activist who has called Houston home for more than 30 years. After fleeing the political upheaval of the Iranian Revolution, her family immigrated to the United States for their shot at the American Dream. Eventually settling in Houston, Sima has become a local leader in cross-cultural dialogue, bringing Texans of all backgrounds and faiths together for social justice. As an activist, she has worked tirelessly to turn Texas blue and elect candidates up and down the ballot — all while serving senior roles in Beto O’Rourke's senate and presidential campaigns. She has been recognized by the University of Houston for her tireless philanthropic and nonprofit work in the community, and she is fueled by the desire to fight for quality, affordable health care, justice, and unity in the United States Congress.

Sima has been added to DCCC’s Red to Blue Program and endorsed by EMILY’s List, Congressional Black Caucus PAC, BOLD PAC, End Citizens United, Planned Parenthood, AFL-CIO, AAPI Victory Fund, AAA Fund, Emgage PAC, Giffords PAC, Brady PAC, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Human Rights Campaign, NewDems Action Fund, Texas American Federation of Teachers, Foreign Policy for America, ASPIRE PAC, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, former US Senate/presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, former Sec. of HUD/presidential candidate Julían Castro, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, and Congresswoman Katie Porter.

Crenshaw Unhinged: Texas Tribune Fact-Checks Dan as he Angrily Doubles Down on Debunked Voter Fraud Conspiracies