Chris Evans hung out with a white supremacist in Washington last week


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We’ve talked about Dan Crenshaw before – he’s a freshman Republican congressman from Texas. He got some national attention last fall when Pete Davidson made a joke about Crenshaw’s eyepatch, which covers a glass eye he got from an IED explosion in Iraq. Pete’s bad joke led to widespread Republican condemnation of SNL and Davidson, and then SNL made it right by inviting Crenshaw onto the show for a bit with Davidson. It was all part of the Republican movement to seem cooler and hip and younger, and to normalize their extremist positions of white supremacy, reproductive anti-choice, assault rifles for everybody and building the f–king wall. Dan Crenshaw believes in all of that – he supports Donald Trump 100% and he’s voted with the Republican caucus consistently already, in his first months as a Congressman.

So what do you make of this? Avowed liberal dude Chris Evans met with Crenshaw and they posted photos and tweets about the meeting:

Ugh. Evans met Rep. Crenshaw during his trip to Washington last week – Evans also posted (or reposted) photos of himself with Republican senator Tim Scott, Republican senator Johnny Isakson, and Rep. Ted Lieu. Chris was in Washington as part of an educational trip on political and veterans issues. He met with senators and representatives from both sides of the aisle, clearly. The Crenshaw meeting is the one getting the most attention, because of the Captain America glass eye, and because Chris seemed to be cozying up to a guy who moderated a Facebook group which promoted the Nazi rally in Charlottesville, pushed the Pizzagate conspiracy and spread racism and racist memes. I understand that Evans likely just wanted to meet politicians from both sides of the aisle on an issue which should get bipartisan support. But can we stop normalizing these Nazi a–holes?

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54 Responses to “Chris Evans hung out with a white supremacist in Washington last week”

  1. megs283 says:

    Eh. is he awesome? Probably not. But it seems as though the administrator claim was overstated… http://www.pajiba.com/politics/did-dan-crenshaw-run-a-nazi-facebook-group.php

    • Kitten says:

      That’s worth the read–thanks for sharing.

      But still, I just cannot separate racist policy from the people who espouse it. So even if Crenshaw was horrified that this white nationalist group added him as an admin (and he certainly didn’t SEEM like he was horrified) he’s still a Republican at the end of the day. He still supports policies that uphold and further perpetuate racism and xenophobia.
      He still thinks that ICE is doing the right thing at the border and elsewhere and that kids in cages is ok because it makes our country “safer”.

      I just can’t with any of these people anymore. I wonder what Capuano thinks of this….

    • Keaton says:

      Crenshaw is more than “not awesome.”.
      He’s a lying piece of trash. Just check out his tweets about #HR1, the shutdown, etc. He’s awful. I know Chris Evans wants to do good so I wish he wouldn’t elevate this jerk. I’m a little pissed that SNL did too.
      I don’t agree with Justin Amash or Will Hurd but I don’t see them fear mongering and spreading lies like this jackass. So it’s not just because he’s a Republican.

      • Jack Mcintosh says:

        After reading this article i will never watch another Chris Evans film he may think his actions are ok because he a rich and priviliged movie star but they are not.Many young people look up to him as a role model a superhero and personally dont want to see a bunch of kids running around in sheets and white hoods

  2. Tanguerita says:

    FFS.

  3. ZGB says:

    When it comes to politics and getting the right people for policy change, one ‘sometimes’( or most times) has to assume some level of diplomacy. It’s not as black and white as you and I can afford analyzing from our screens

    • Mia4s says:

      Meet with him sure. But make “cute” social media posts about the meeting to help normalize him? Yuck.

      Not exactly an earth shattering thing though. He’s not a super hero or a particularly great actor. He’s a guy who gets paid a lot of money to pretend. Don’t expect much from Hollywood people. We all should have learned that by now.

    • Megan says:

      If Evans wants to advocate on behalf of veterans, there are ways for him to do that without having to meet with racist members of Congress. The social media posts are just over the top for me.

    • Keaton says:

      I don’t fault Chris for meeting with him. I just wish he’d not posted about it – especially the way he did.

  4. Lana says:

    See, this is why I just side eye white folks. It’s easy to get back into the hateful fold when it works in their favor while disavowing racism loudly.

    Racism will never end until white people stop it. And they aren’t pressed because they benefit from the system it supports. That’s why I stopped talking about racism publicly as a person of color. Who cares what I think? I’m not the one supporting a corrupt, hateful power system. White people are.

    • Patty says:

      I love everything you said.

    • incognito08 says:

      Yes Lana, every 👏🏾 single 👏🏾thing 👏🏾that you said! The words of so-called advocates mean absolutely nothing to me. I place much more emphasis on their actions. If you are aware of a person’s bigoted history, why would you entertain them in the first place?

      • BlueSky says:

        I see this all the time with Trump supporters who claim not to be racist. They can support him because his rhetoric is not directed at them.

    • Veronica S. says:

      White people can’t be trusted, and I say that as a white person. It’s too easy for us to use our social privilege to tacitly support oppressive systems. It takes constant reeducation, self-reflection, and awareness to overcome the social conditioning.

  5. Clare says:

    Evans couldn’t find any republican senators who aren’t openly racist and anti women? Huh? Disgusting and disappointing that he not only met this POS but that he tweeted about him – way to normalise. Gross.

    • Lightpurple says:

      Are here any Republican Senators who aren’t racist and anti-women

    • Muffy says:

      Probably not. I can’t think of a single non-problematic GOP congressman, because that’s where the party is now. And probably fewer who work on veterans issues, why is why Evans was meeting with congress in the first place.

    • Darla says:

      Like who? Let’s face it, this is who the R party is.

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        Been saying for a while, the worst Democrat is better than the best Republican.

        Never thought I’d be someone who would talk that way (though always voted for Democrats).

  6. Lala11_7 says:

    I wish this surprised me….

    It’s really sad that it doesn’t….

  7. Tiffany says:

    *sigh* Second best Chris standing might drop for this.

  8. Snazzy says:

    Ugh I am so disappointed in him for this

  9. Chisey says:

    I mean, if he’s there to lobby for particular issues, then I think he’s got to schmooze the people whose votes are needed. If those people are gross and racist, that sucks, but that’s how the sausage is made. 🤷‍♀️

    • Meredith says:

      I agree. Until Dems have the White House and a filibuster-proof Congress, or they abolish the filibuster altogether, otherwise good people are going to have to do business and compromise with some scumbags.

      • Janie says:

        Yeah, it’s an insanely unfortunate consequence of the current political climate. He was there to lobby for veteran’s issues and the Republicans currently control the government. TBH I think it’s probably impossible to find a Republican senator who isn’t a disgusting bigot.

        The world is so screwed up.

  10. Moco says:

    Come on. I feel completely secure that Chris Evans is still a flaming liberal. A major problem with our politics is dehumanizing the “other side” as an enemy with whom there can be no compromise and if we are at the point where talking to an elected official cancels you, we’re completely screwed. It’s Captain America, people want to say hi, he gets some doors open to try to learn more or share his views. It’s a good thing.

    • Prairiegirl says:

      Seconded.

    • Lightpurple says:

      Which I think is one of the points of the organization he just founded. He hasn’t stopped calling people out for being bad but he’s looking for common ground to move things that benefit people forward. Yes, work to get rid of the bad people but while they are there, try to get them to do some decent things that need doing.

      • S says:

        What @Moco said, combined with the fact that he is still promoting what is possibly going to be the biggest movie of all time, which means there’s no way he doesn’t have Disney and Marvel PR breathing down his neck to make sure he’s on brand and inclusive of both sides of the political spectrum, no matter what his personal beliefs are.

        Dan Crenshaw seems like a tool, but he’s a tool who knows how to work the media refs pretty well, as shown by the whole SNL debacle. It’s just as likely that if Evans had NOT acknowledged Crenshaw’s social media share, he would have got just as much flack for not supporting a fan who is also a vet and a congressman.

        I’m not sure we really need a come together political movement right now, since the GOP currently defines moving to the center as Dems taking 3 steps towards their right wing base, after which the GOP promptly moves the goalposts even farther towards the extreme fringe. But I also find it hard to hate too hard on a simple retweet by the guy who has played Captain America for a decade of a guy who, scumbag or not, is in the U.S. congress and has a freaking Cap-themed glass eye. That’s a Marvel tie-in that’s more than slightly bonkers and pretty hard to ignore.

    • Sigh... says:

      This was one of many meetings over 2 seperate weeks and we don’t know who else he’ll speak with in the future, so I don’t see this as “cozying up” any more than the set of pics he took with Booker in that same time frame. He also retweeted/thanked someone else and mentioned Marvel/Avengers (joked that he told him his fate in “Endgame”). The “cool prosthetic” just got more press.

      Anyone watching his WHOLE personal Twitter-feed instead of cherry-picking would know of his constant criticism of Repugs/Trump/Fox, but his PROFESSIONAL agenda is BI-partian cooperation. He’s gonna have to talk to everyone for TRUE bipartisianship. You gotta deal with the Devil sometimes. It is what it is.

    • LT says:

      Moco,

      I totally agree. I don’t like Crenshaw and voted for and know personally his opponent, but c’mon. He’s an elected official and Evans is trying to get stuff done. This “otherizing” is counterproductive and destructive.

    • Lala11_7 says:

      There is NOTHING political about dehumanizing policies and laws…that isn’t politics…that is PURE “D” HATE! There IS no compromising with the GOP…I’ve been watching them turn more and more inhumane and fascist for the last 40 years…and I for one am going to call…”A THING…A THING…” and if I see you’re down with that…

      I ain’t down with you….

      • moco says:

        I agree, there is no compromising, but what do we do between elections? Nothing? Scream into the void? My congressman is Republican as is one of my state’s Senators but I still call and write and try to get them to remember they represent me and my views, too. I can’t write them off completely when they are supposed to be my voice in government.

        Put me in a room with Trump though….

  11. isabelle says:

    Dan Crenshaw is the top sludge rather than the bottom sludge. Not the worst of the bunch but still a loathsome Republican. Politico did a whole article on him as the GOP big rising star of the Republican party and doesn’t want to be like Trump. May vote against him in the election. This guy is the future of the Republican party like it or not.

    • Kebbie says:

      I don’t know much about him, but during his primary run he was the less conservative choice. They plastered his quotes calling Trump an “insane, hateful, idiot” all over the mailers that were sent out and they ran tv ads calling him an anti-Trump liberal. That’s obviously an insane exaggeration, but it could have been worse than Crenshaw!

      • isabelle says:

        If the Republican party tries to rebrand itself once again, interesting if its Crenshaw they push. He would satisfy the moderate and since he is a base upset the crazies so as much as others.

  12. 10KTurtle says:

    Has his forehead always looked like that?

  13. Rapunzel says:

    Are we sure this isn’t a Disney/Marvel obligation? Cause I think it could be.

  14. Chloe says:

    He also met with at least one woman Democrat (I think it was Debbie Stabenow). His Twitter feed is pure liberal.

  15. Anon33 says:

    I would just like to point out that Jake gyllenhaal did a lot of lobbying with veterans’ groups and hospitals when he was promoting the movie Stronger. AFAIK none of the advocates he interacted with were avowed nazis or were otherwise in any way affiliated with hate groups…my point being that celebs absolutely have the ability to be made aware of these things and to be armed with the information to make the proper choices.

  16. Janey says:

    I don’t think we can really get the full picture of what was going on here from a retweeted post about a glass eye. Sometimes I have to deal with people I don’t actually like to get the job done, I can remain civil and presumably this is what he was doing; remaining civil with a person who he may or may not actually like. He certainly doesn’t seem to be “cozying up” with him.

  17. Oc says:

    Chris made 2 visits to Washington because he is making a site about politics. He had meetings with politicians and recorded interviews. Someone posted the letter they sent asking for the meetings. The idea is that site will be bipartisan.

  18. Wood Dragon says:

    Evans caught a lotta flack on Twitter about Crenshaw. But he met with some notable Democrats as well. He is working on something so I am not going to slap him down that hard, just smack his palms with a ruler.

  19. raincoaster says:

    This is a deliberate Nazi tactic to make it look as if they’re “secretly endorsed by” a whole bunch of prominent liberals. Remember when Chelsea Manning showed up to that Nazi party? She was tricked into going, told it was going to be undercover and a research trip, but basically anyone who’s Cassandra Fairbanks’ plus one is getting screwed somehow. In this case, getting set up so she looks like a covert Nazi sympathizer, which resulted in the death of her senate run, basically.

    So, short form: The Nazis try and get friendly photo-ops with as many famous Liberals as humanly possible, specifically so they can undermine the Liberal’s politics AND claim the celebrity secretly supports the Nazis, but “doesn’t dare speak out, because HER EMAILS!”

    I wish I didn’t know as much about all of this as I do, quite frankly.

  20. Ashke says:

    So now they’re trying to make it seem like they were kicking back tossing a few beers watching the game and planning the takeover of Amerussia……next.

  21. Lilly (with the double-L) says:

    Well, he won’t be in second place any more, but he isn’t as low as Chris Pratt. I mean it’s just not cool in any manner.

  22. Thayne says:

    Wow you people are blind . Hypocritical bigots. Liberals oppress minorities. One day you will see. Seek Jesus please.,

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