Eric Swalwell, the California congressman who last year first called for the confiscation of semi-automatic firearms and then threatened to nuke anyone who resists, announced his candidacy for president Monday evening during an appearance on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
Though “The Late Show” show airs at 11:35 pm EST weekday evenings, the announcement was recorded earlier in the day and then officially unveiled at 7:00 pm via the following “sneak peek” video:
“I see a country in quicksand, unable to solve problems and threats from abroad, unable to make life better for people here at home. Nothing gets done,” the congressman said to host Stephen Colbert.
“I’ve talked to people who are just like me who are the first in their family to go to college, got a lot of student debt, can’t buy a home, can’t start a business. I’ve talked to kids who sit in their classroom afraid that they’ll be the next victim of gun violence and they see Washington do nothing about it after the moments of silence and they see lawmakers who love their guns more than they love our kids.”
“None of that is going to change until we get a leader who is willing to go big on the issues we take on, be bold in the solutions we offer, and do good in the way that we govern. I’m ready to solve these problems. I’m running for the president of the United States.”
Roughly 40 minutes after “The Late Show” unveiled this “sneak peek” video, the congressman published his first 2020 presidential election campaign ad to his Twitter account.
Upon its publication, the ad promptly drew criticism for its Beto-esque genericness and lack of substance. Critics also questioned Swalwell’s slogan, “Go Big. Be Bold. Do Good.”
Even the congressman’s fellow Democrats found the slogan to be inordinately lacking.
“Big Bold Good? I like Eric, but that’s not going to work for most voters,” one opined.
“I like him, but this slogan….,” another added.
But the fiercest criticism came from Republicans, who slammed him for crafting an uncreative, simplistic slogan that “looks like a third grader wrote it”:
Your campaign slogan looks like a third grader wrote it.
— Woke Lindsey Graham (@WOKELindseyG) April 9, 2019
“Let’s Go Big” sounds like a sandwich commercial.
“Be Bold” sounds like “Be Best,” which liberals hate.
“Do Good!” sounds like you have no real ideas.
— Chicago News Bench™ (@ChiNewsBench) April 9, 2019
THAT is your campaign slogan????
Hillary no lo ger has the most pathetic campaign slogan anymore. Congratulations. ?
— Michael (@egasgt3) April 9, 2019
That’s not so much a presidential campaign slogan as a Project Runway team motto.
— Sleepydwarf8 (@Sleepydwarf81) April 9, 2019
Big, bold, and good!
— 2A-Jetphixr (@Jetphixr) April 9, 2019
So you are not talking about supporting you.
Because big, bold and good describe Trump.
— Cog (@40to5yet) April 9, 2019
Good point by the latter Twitter user.
Others suggested that Swalwell should choose a more honest slogan. Recall that last year the California Democrat penned a column calling for all semi-automatic rifles to be confiscated.
“[W]e should ban possession of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons, we should buy back such weapons from all who choose to abide by the law, and we should criminally prosecute any who choose to defy it by keeping their weapons,” he wrote in a chilling piece for USA Today.
When called out on social media about his op-ed and warned that confiscation could trigger a civil war, the congressman replied by suggesting that he’d be prepared to use nuclear weapons to wipe out any American who refuses to turn his or her weapons over to the federal government.
With this in mind, here are some significantly more honest slogans Swalwell could use:
— GrrrGraphics Cartoons (@GrrrGraphics) April 9, 2019
Running for President…??????????????????????????????.
Your slogan ? pic.twitter.com/rJyXI7g5R1
— USA USA ?????? (@trump_pence_now) April 9, 2019
— Who is John Galt? ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@Dagny_Galt) April 7, 2019
Possible campaign slogan for @ericswalwell:
The government has nukes. Give me the codes. Swalwell 2020
— ?Erin ? (@MsErinMurray) April 9, 2019
If you have guns that shoot, we will nuke!
— Mary Edmonds (@Trapshooter61) April 9, 2019
What’s his campaign slogan “Nuke the competition?”
— Former Seattleite (@fmrSeattleite) April 9, 2019
He’s gonna go nuclear with his campaign slogan..,Make America Glow
— VSavich (@Visabitch1234) April 9, 2019
Swalwell campaign slogan: “Turn in your guns or I’ll nuke you” https://t.co/nKUbDiiWaT
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) April 4, 2019
America’s got jokes!
Does the California congressman actually stand a chance of winning the Democrat primary, though? It likely depends on how many members of the Democrats’ base still cling to the debunked Russian collusion delusion conspiracy theory. Much like House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff, Swalwell’s still heavily invested in the theory, never mind the facts.
Like a commentator for RedState noted, Swalwell is essentially “the Rachel Maddow of the U.S. House.” The problem is that the MSNBC host’s ratings have collapsed since the collusion delusion conspiracy theory was formally debunked last month by none other than special counsel Robert Mueller. If Maddow’s ratings are any indicator of how Swalwell will perform in the primaries, then he’s likely toast.
Speaking of Maddow, Swalwell is slated to appear on her show Wednesday:
— MSNBC Public Relations (@MSNBCPR) April 9, 2019
It’s unclear how many people, if any, will tune in …
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