While at a Tea Party event last week, Rep. Dan Crenshaw clashed with a young woman who questioned his faith. Video of the interaction went viral, with many social media users, political pundits, and news outlets claiming that the woman was a 10-year-old girl.
The basis for this claim is a comment made in the video, where an audience member shouts that the questioner is 10 years old. Crenshaw’s primary opponent Jameson Ellis tweeted a video of the same interaction from a different angle, identifying the questioner as an 18-year-old woman. Ellis also stated that he spoke with the woman afterward and she confirmed her age to him, and tweeted a picture with her. In a statement released after claims that she was a plant for the Ellis campaign went viral, Ellis identified her as a supporter of his campaign and said again that she was 18 years old.
A conservative Christian Texas publication interviewed the woman, saying that she preferred to remain anonymous but confirming that she was 18 years old.