Eric Swalwell did what he does best yesterday when he sent out an idiotic tweet for the ages. Swalwell – a fourth term congressman from California – has a history of making himself look stupid on the internet. Swalwell’s most infamous tweet is the one in which he implied that the government would use nuclear weapons on the people in the event of a civil war. He said this in reply to conservative commentator Joe Biggs, who stated that there would essentially be “war” if gun confiscation ever took place. To that Swalwell said, “and it would be a short war my friend. The government has nukes. Too many of them”.
This now infamous exchange has earned him the title of Eric “nuke em'” Swalwell and is referenced frequently when his name pops up.
Staying true to form, Swalwell was at it again this week with another bizarre tweet. Like Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell’s political career took a boost from the completely manufactured “Russian collusion” fishing investigation. Nuke em’ is source of some of the most unhinged rhetoric regarding Trump’s “ties” to Russia and this latest tweet was no different.
This time, Swalwell likened the Mueller report to Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Swalwell tweeted, “Remember that time Pearl Harbor was bombed and FDR called the emperor of Japan? Or the time the Twin Towers were struck and Bush ringed Osama Bin Laden? No? I don’t either. So why’d (Trump) call Putin after the Mueller report was released”.
Personally, I don’t think it tops nuke em’ but this is without doubt his second dumbest tweet. Swalwell likens events in which thousands of Americans were killed to a politically motivated investigation that found nothing. There is more evidence that FISA abuse took place than the baseless claims Swalwell routinely makes.
What it ultimately boils down to is the reality that those like Swalwell will say literally anything for political gain. If it can be used for a cheap sound-byte in the moment, rest assured that nuke em’ will be using it. He is, of course, one of several democratic candidates who is chasing the 2020 nomination while struggling to fill a high school gym.
Swalwell may be a partisan hack who provides comedic relief, but the fact remains that rhetoric like his is damaging. Calling the president of the United States a traitor and “Russian asset” may be nothing more than a cheap political tool for Swalwell but the damage will be long-lasting. Politics isn’t disagreement on policy anymore, it’s pure ideological war.
It all stems from rhetoric that politicians, professors, and mainstream media outlets that follow Swalwell’s ideology routinely espouse. They couldn’t handle one election loss and decided to blow everything up rather than accept defeat.
Swalwell and other wealthy, liberal elites can afford to play these games. They sit in ivory towers completely insulated from the dangerous policies they push and rhetoric they use. It’s just political maneuvering for them, but even if indirectly, they have created a monster. Expect more campus gestapo, more Antifa style thugs and more tech censorship over the next decade. There are thousands being radicalized across the nation by the unhinged rhetoric that has defined the Trump era and they won’t be going away anytime soon.
That said, let’s just continue to enjoy the clown world and await more gems from Swalwell. This certainly won’t be the last.