For Democrats, problem-solving almost always leads to bigger problems further down the road. It’s part of the reason President Ronald Reagan famously said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.”
So, it wasn’t just a lack of self-awareness that caused Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) to stick his foot in his mouth once more. It’s in his nature.
The House Intelligence Committee member surrendered any presupposition of class Tuesday when he reacted to the tragedy at the Highland Park Independence Day parade Monday by associating the suspect with Second Amendment proponent Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) in a post captioned, “Let’s start drawing straight lines.”
Let’s start drawing straight lines. pic.twitter.com/md1xKqoo6O
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 5, 2022
The backlash for Swalwell’s callous ad hominem attack against Boebert was swift and resounding and best encapsulated by the congresswoman herself who kindly reminded her California colleague about his actual connections.
“Yes, let’s,” she agreed to his suggestion as she asked, “How’s Fang Fang these days?”
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) July 5, 2022
Boebert’s retort highlighted Swalwell’s reported involvement with suspected Chinese spy, Christine Fang, whom he had contended he cut ties with prior to 2015. His continued position on the House Intelligence Committee has remained a serious concern and Boebert told Fox News Digital that these ties wouldn’t soon be forgotten.
“Eric Swalwell isn’t a fan of our Constitutional rights and is desperate to distract from his repeated political failures, but the only straight line that needs to be drawn is from Eric Swalwell to Fang Fang to the Chinese Communist Party,” she said before adding, “I will make sure that line gets drawn when we take back the House. Law-abiding gun owners won’t be smeared and disarmed every time a California failed presidential candidate rolls out of bed with a Chinese spy and tries to blame us for the conduct of others.”
Swalwell had weakly tried to make a similar link to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) –
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 5, 2022
– and both got him trounced for his troubles.
Eric Swalwell: The Spy Who Fang Fanged mepic.twitter.com/4BchaMRgew
— William-of-Ockham (@WillOckhamMemes) July 5, 2022
Communist China —> Fang Fang —> you go bang bang with Fang Fang
You’re right. This line drawing is fun.
— Physics Geek (@physicsgeek) July 5, 2022
— Daniel (@DanDaManInPDX) July 5, 2022
Sure thing. pic.twitter.com/AU8C83WhXc
— MACgic 8-Ball (@ItsThatMAC) July 5, 2022
And, if it weren’t bad enough that Republicans had turned his own weak barb against him, Swalwell was taken to task the day before by a member of his own team in his initial effort to blame constitutionalists in government for the evils committed by criminals.
“Please stop blaming the NRA for mass shooting,” he wrote. “The NRA may fund candidates but the NRA does not have a vote in Congress. *ELECTED* Republican members of Congress do. And they are keep voting agains our kids and voting for their killers.”
Please stop blaming the NRA for mass shootings.🧵The NRA may fund candidates but the NRA does not have a vote in Congress. *ELECTED* Republican members of Congress do. And they are keep voting against our kids and voting for their killers. 1/3
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 4, 2022
After getting called to the carpet for it, he tried to walk back the statement and learned the hard way why apologies are wasted on the woke.
What people will remember is you saying “Please stop blaming the NRA for mass shootings”, but I suspect you’ll find that out the hard way.
You know full well what the NRA is; I could quote you on it but it’d just humiliate you more. Hold dark money terrorist actors accountable.
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) July 4, 2022
“What people will remember is you saying ‘Please stop blaming the NRA for mass shooting’, but I suspect you’ll find that out the hard way,” Sarah Kendzior wrote. “You know full well what the NRA is; I could quote you on it but it’d just humiliate you more. Hold dark money terrorist actors accountable,” she added with her own view on the National Rifle Association.
All of this went to show that, in fact, Swalwell is “by far the most divisive elected official in the country.”
You are by far the most divisive elected official in the country. No decent human wants to stoke hate the way you do. Between this and your frequent and obvious lies, you are setting a terrible example for you children.
— ✌️🇺🇦🌻Hollaria Briden, Esq. (@HollyBriden) July 5, 2022
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