It’s fair to say that Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., isn’t exactly knocking them dead in the aisles with his presidential aspirations.
At least, that’s the impression one might get from the response the candidate got to a tweet on what voters are interested in — in effect what free stuff do they want to cast a vote for him. The tweet was drawing attention to a “Kick-off Rally” on Sunday.
With a parade of Democratic candidates vying to be the lucky one to fall to President Trump in 2020, the rush is on to see who’s promising to give away the most free stuff, and Swalwell’s biggest focus is gun control, but he was asking voters what freebies they want in a tweet posted on Thursday at 5:13 p.m. EST.
As of this writing Friday morning, some 15 hours later, it had just 40 re-tweets and 113 ‘Likes.’
Do you want:
🔲 Less student loan debt?
🔲 More affordable health care?
🔲 A cleaner environment?
🔲 To be able to buy a home?
🔲 A better future for your kids?
If you answered yes to any of these, join us: https://t.co/gcnXZ548YS pic.twitter.com/R9ljg7X3KQ
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) April 11, 2019
Not exactly a barn burner for liberal-media darling and someone who has 65,000 Twitter followers, but it’s still very early for the lesser-known California Democrat who was married twice and divorced once, and grew up in a Republican household.
Perhaps he could take a tip from Ben Shapiro on drawing a crowd:
The crowd for @BenShapiro’s @yaf speech at Grand Canyon University is enough to make a few Democrat presidential candidates jealous… pic.twitter.com/NJnkCFSzeF
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) April 11, 2019
As for his chances in a crowded Democratic field, Swalwell has proven that he’s all about falling in line, opposing any effort to truly secure the southern border and fix our broken immigration system, and even backing the radical, extremist Green New Deal pushed by democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and her handlers.
As for Swalwell’s chances, former Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy summed them up in an appearance Thursday on Fox News.
Responding to Swalwell criticizing Attorney General William Barr for saying “spying did occur” on the Trump campaign, Gowdy said he was “trying to get attention.”
“I think that last voice was Eric Swalwell’s and for your viewers that don’t know who that is, that’s a member of the judiciary committee and intelligence committee from California,” he said. “He’s running for president, which I’m sure none of your viewers are familiar with and they won’t be a year from now.”
Swalwell’s claim to fame thus far may be a tweet responding to a suggestion he “wants a war” over the Second Amendment, saying it would be a “short war” because the U.S. government “has nukes.”
Swalwell 2020: Nuke The Resisters https://t.co/FNjtgWsp3g
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 16, 2018
The reaction online shows there are still plenty of Americans leery of elected officials enticing them with government handouts.
It also showed that the tepid response to Swalwell’s tweet didn’t escape their notice.
Here’s a samplingof responses from Twitter:
Don’t nuke me bro!
— GilbertGagne (@GilbertGagne) April 12, 2019
3.5 hours in. 82 likes. Lol.
— Noxious News (@NoxiousNews) April 12, 2019
I’m good. Thanks, though!
— Sandy (@RightGlockMom) April 11, 2019
Don’t want. I have. All before age 33. Anything else?
— Stephen Knight (@CuttermanSteve) April 11, 2019
— Nitsua (@notthatnitsua) April 11, 2019
61 likes 🤣 https://t.co/eHgu17vClQ
— ναℓѕкєє (@ValskeeW) April 11, 2019
79 likes 🤣https://t.co/eHgu17vClQ
— ναℓѕкєє (@ValskeeW) April 12, 2019
Sir, the restroom is for customers only. Please step aside. https://t.co/yr5zIpCzn5
— Dana Carangi 🇺🇸 (@conservdmc) April 11, 2019
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