Political reporter Mehdi Hasan successfully irked Houston’s Rep. Dan Crenshaw this week, sparking the two to go at each other on Twitter.
On a segment on “The Mehdi Hasan Show,” Medhi responded to a social media post made by Crenshaw pushing for election reform so that the results are “self-evident.”
“That’s a great idea and I know exactly where he can start: his own ridiculously gerrymandered district,” says Medhi, before highlighting examples of gerrymandered districts like Crenshaw’s and chiding Republicans for abusing gerrymandering more than Democrats.
“The left talks about equality and the right about liberty,” Medhi says, ending his rant. “Well, gerrymandering undermines our equality and liberty. In a Democracy it’s simple, voters should pick their politicians, politicians shouldn’t be able to pick their voters — and that includes you, Mr. Crenshaw.”
The segment caught Crenshaw’s attention the next day, who called it an example of dishonest media and a left-wing rant. Medhi quickly fired back:
In 2021, the Texas Legislature will meet to redraw Texas’ congressional and state district lines. Texas is expected to gain two additional U.S. House seats due to population gain, but it will be up to the Republican-controlled state legislature to carve out the map.
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Fernando covers Texas politics and government at the Texas Signal. Before joining the Signal, Fernando spent two years at the Houston Chronicle and previously interned at Houston’s NPR station News 88.7. He is a graduate of the University of Houston, Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, and enjoys reading, highlighting things, and arguing on social media. You can follow him on Twitter at @fernramirez93 or email at email@example.com