During an appearance Thursday evening on Fox News, former South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy casually dismissed California Congressman Eric Swalwell’s recently announced bid for the presidency as essentially an irrelevant blip that’ll have no bearing whatsoever on the 2020 election.
He issued the ruthless quip on FNC’s “The Story With Martha MacCallum” after host Martha MacCallum played a clip of various Democrats, including Swalwell, speaking derogatorily and negatively to the media about Attorney General Bill Barr’s testimony earlier this week to Congress.
“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,” Gowdy said after the clip finished playing. “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. So he’s trying to get attention.”
While the remark was ruthless, it wasn’t necessarily false. The California Democrat is so irrelevant that he hasn’t even been included in any 2020 election polls, despite it being known since as early as last November, if not earlier, that he intended to enter into the race against President Donald Trump.
“Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell plans to run for president in 2020, according to a person close to the California congressman who is familiar with his plans,” Politico reported last November.
“He’s definitely running,” the source reportedly said.
“The 37-year-old Swalwell has been positioning himself for a run over the past year, with several trips to early primary voting states and endorsements of three young congressional candidates in Iowa and New Hampshire through his Future Forum PAC. He has also asked for lists of potential staffers for the early-state contests,” Politico’s report continued.
Published on Wednesday, two days after the California congressman formally entered the race, the latest election poll by Quinnipiac didn’t even include his name. Sad.
Not much is admittedly known about the congressman, save for the fact that he leans heavily to the left. He is, after all, among the far-left Democrats who still believe that the president colluded with Russian operatives to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
If Eric Swalwell’s ‘Kick-Off Rally’ goes the way of his embarrassing ‘kickoff tweet’ to promote it — he’s doomed https://t.co/lSTvt8cphd
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 12, 2019
He’s also among those who want to ban and then confiscate all so-called “assault weapons.”
“[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 USA Today column last spring.
Then when Twitters users rightly pointed out to him that such a gross violation of the Second Amendment could and would likely trigger a civil war, he threatened to nuke anyone who resists.
So basically @RepSwalwell wants a war. Because that’s what you would get. You’re outta your fucking mind if you think I’ll give up my rights and give the gov all the power. https://t.co/bK1GVyjFej
— Joe Biggs (@Rambobiggs) November 16, 2018
And it would be a short war my friend. The government has nukes. Too many of them. But they’re legit. I’m sure if we talked we could find common ground to protect our families and communities.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) November 16, 2018
Because of Swalwell’s antics, Gowdy isn’t the only one dismissing his presidential run.
@ericswalwell New campaign slogan – “Vote for Me or I’ll Nuke you”#BenGarrison #cartoon at https://t.co/AyudOufZ0S pic.twitter.com/JbcbqxP2Y7
— GrrrGraphics Cartoons (@GrrrGraphics) April 9, 2019
Running for President…??????????????????????????????.
Your slogan ? pic.twitter.com/rJyXI7g5R1
— USA USA ?????? (@trump_pence_now) April 9, 2019
@ericswalwell campaign slogan pic.twitter.com/IDzTZyuxeu
— 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
Eric Swalwell’s campaign slogan…
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
It doesn’t help that Swalwell’s actual campaign slogan, which he unveiled Monday evening when he announced his candidacy for office, is rather unimpressive: “Go Big. Be Bold. Do Good.”
Equally unimpressive, according to critics, was his explanation Monday evening to “The Late Show” show Stephen Colbert for why he deserves the vote of the American people.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
If the number of one’s Twitter followers is any indication of one’s chances of becoming the president, then Swalwell likely has no chance. Why? Because as of Friday morning, he had only 65,000 followers, suggesting that Gowdy was right when he said that none of MacCallum’s likely know who he is.
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