Fox News host Tucker Carlson and conservative analyst Mark Steyn laughed uproariously over photos of a camel-riding shirtless Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) in Qatar on an all-expenses-paid pandemic trip.
“We may have given you the impression that Eric Swalwell spends all of his time having sex with sultry Chinese spies and for that, we apologize. He does have some extra time and he uses that time to travel all over the world on trips paid for by foreign governments. Earlier this year, for example, he was in Qatar on a trip paid for by the US Qatar Business Council. Then he uploaded pictures of the trip to Instagram,” Carlson noted as he showed a picture of a topless Swalwell on top of a less-than-thrilled camel.
“You hear a lot about ‘white supremacy’… white supremacy! You will not find a clearer distillation of it, and this is old-school colonial-style white supremacy, than this picture. So, here you have Eric Swalwell sitting on his camel literally shirtless, arms raised in triumph as his faithful servant of color smiles in the foreground. One of his bearers… his coolies. It was like he was on Safari in Southern Rhodesia in 1905. Hamming it up. Cecil Rhodes would blush at this,” he smirkingly added.
Steyn weighed in on the topless progressive as well. “He’s obviously taken off his shirt to intimidate his faithful native bearer. And the native bearer is clearly saying, ‘A thousand pardons of Hindi! I bow before your magnificent imperialist nipples! Is that the front hump of your camel, or are you just pleased to see me?'” Steyn cracked referring to Swalwell as ‘Shagwell” while Carlson laughed.
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Steyn pointed out the hypocrisy of the left calling for vaccinations and tests while mandating wearing masks and then going to someplace like Qatar during a pandemic and parading on a camel shirtless as well as maskless.
“Now, that picture there is the death of the Republic. Don’t wave your Constitution at me. Don’t tell me about your Founding Fathers, because no Founding Father foresaw a situation in which at the height of a pandemic in which you can’t go to church, you can’t get a haircut, you can’t go to a restaurant, but our rulers can go and cavort topless with their native bearers even when the entirely visible buffoons have been penetrated by Chinese intelligence,” Steyn quipped. He closed by calling it “karaoke colonialism” and “pathetic.”
The photos in question show Democratic Reps. Eric Swalwell and Ruben Gallego of Arizona riding camels in Qatar along the Persian Gulf. They were originally published by Business Insider. Gallego’s wife was the one that first put them up on a now-deleted social media account. The trip cost a whopping $84,621.59.
“Sand dunes, camels, and the Persian gulf,” the caption reportedly read on one of the photos from Qatar. The photo shows the Democratic representatives with their wives on a camel ride on Sealine Beach.
House intelligence committee member Rep. Eric Swalwell took a mid-pandemic break from questions about his relationship with Chinese spy Fang Fang…
— Steven Nelson (@stevennelson10) July 9, 2021
Journalist Dave Levinthal of Business Insider tweeted: “Because sometimes Democratic congressmen need to ride shirtless on camels through Qatar during a pandemic on trips funded by special interest groups. (And yes, we have the photos.)”
Swalwell’s trip took place in March when there was a surge in Coronavirus cases and the CDC was telling everyone to mask up.
A spokesperson for the US-Qatar Business Council said Saturday that they did not pay for any congressional camel rides, but only covered “costs directly associated with travel and the working agenda of the trip.”
“Qatar is a major player in the Middle East. They have immense economic and strategic power,” Correa explained to Business Insider. “They also house one of the US’s largest military bases, which is critical to regional security. As Qatar continues to expand its regional diplomatic power and natural-gas production, it is in the United States’ interest that we deepen our relationship.”
Swalwell claims that he brought his wife along because he viewed the trip as an opportunity “to spend some time together while working on behalf of the American people.”
Reps. Luis Correa (D-CA), Sara Jacobs (D-CA), and Lisa McClain (R-MI) were also guests on the trip. The group of U.S. politicians stayed at the five-star oceanfront Four Seasons Hotel in Doha, Qatar.
On April 1, the US-Qatar Business Council tweeted out a photo of the politicos meeting with Qatar’s monarch, Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
In a trip organized by USQBC, members of the US House of Representatives including @RepSwalwell, @RubenGallego, @SaraJacobsCA, @RepLouCorrea, @RepLisaMcClain met with Qatari Amir @TamimBinHamad. pic.twitter.com/SeY2KWeYSs
— US-Qatar Business Council (@USQatar) April 1, 2021
House rules are very clear that members are not allowed to accept invitations to participate in entertainment activities funded by private groups.
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