Eric Swalwell says Tucker Carlson is ‘losing his mind’ but evidence is pretty thin

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell posted a screengrab of a text message he says is from Tucker Carlson and claimed it proves the Fox News host is “losing his mind.”

The social media post comes amid Carlson’s ongoing coverage of the California Democrat over his past alleged sexual involvement with a Chinese spy and his frequent, but false, claims that former President Donald Trump colluded with, and is a puppet of, President Vladimir Putin and the Russian government.

After years of lying about me and my family, @TuckerCarlson is losing his mind that I won’t return his calls. Sorry, Tucker, I’m just not that into you. Who knows what lie he’ll tell next? #TuckerTantrum,” Swalwell posted on Twitter Friday.

The texting screengrab says:

CARLSON: Eric, it’s Tucker Carlson. Please give me a call on this number.

SWALWELL: Tucker, I’m hesitant to do that. You falsely smeared my wife on Tuesday and she’s getting death threats. That’s way out of bounds. 

SWALWELL: She’s a pregnant mom of a 4 year old and a 2 year old. Hit me all you like. But to go after her. That’s just wrong.:

CARLSON: Coward.

It’s not clear as of this writing if the text allegedly from the Fox News host is genuine.

Earlier this week, Carlson did a segment on his nightly Fox News program with fellow network host Jesse Watters in which they detailed some questionable campaign fund disbursements made by Swalwell that included spending $20,000 at a hotel where his wife serves as an executive.

“He likes the finer things in life, and like most liberals he wants someone else to pay for it,” Watters said, adding a reference to the Chinese woman Swalwell had a relationship with who has since fled the U.S. for her native country. “He must have developed this appetite for Far East cuisine when he was dating Fang Fang.”

Watters added that one of Swalwell’s favs is sushi rolls at a D.C. eatery that cost $90 each.

“Also likes to frequent, because he is a working man, the Charlie Palmer Steak House, where he can get a $130 steak and that is not included with a side or a soup or a salad. Everything is a la carte,” Watters said.

“And, of course, he has to stay at his wife’s Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay. I mean, you can’t go back to your meager house in your district. You’ve got to wake up the next morning and get 18 holes in at the course that overlooks the Pacific,” he added.

Turning more serious, Watters noted further, “This is why people hate politicians.

“It’s because these narcissist finger-waggers go into politics just for the comfortable lifestyle that they would never be able to achieve or afford in any other profession because they don’t have the brains or the talent,” he said.

Earlier, Carlson appeared to suggest that when a very young, inexperienced Swalwell ran for Congress nearly a decade ago and beat out long-serving Democratic Rep. Pete Stark, he may have had some shady financial assistance, perhaps even from foreign donors.

“We’re not saying Eric Swalwell should be charged with sleeping with a Chinese spy or misusing campaign funds,” Carlson said. “But we do know that under the standards that Eric Swalwell himself has laid out, we’re gonna need an immediate investigation, possibly a special counsel.”

Twitter users pushed back on Swalwell’s claims about Carlson’s mental status.

“He’s not lying. You are a coward,” former Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis said.

“TIL calling a coward a coward is ‘losing [your] mind,'” wrote one Twitter user.

“Where’s the lie, Eric? You cavorted with a CCP spy. She helped you finance your political career,” said another.

Jon Dougherty

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