California Congressman Eric Swalwell—the man who suggested using nukes on gun owners who didn’t surrender firearms if a gun ban came to pass—reportedly inserted foot-in-mouth once again this week when he went on social media in an attempt to boost his profile among women.
Fox News detailed Swalwell’s gaffe.
“Do you know how many times the word ‘woman’ is mentioned in the Constitution,” the congressman asked in a tweet. “Zero. That is unacceptable. Women must be equally represented and equally protected.”
Swalwell’s attempt to play the gender card quickly slammed into the brick wall of reality when Sean Davis, co-founder of The Federalist, fired back, “Do you know how many times the word ‘Man’ is mentioned in the Constitution? Zero. There’s dumb and then there’s ‘can’t read or use CRTL+F before tweeting’ dumb.”
Do you know how many times the word "Man" is mentioned in the Constitution?
There's dumb and then there's "can't read or use CTRL+F before tweeting" dumb. https://t.co/Dl9KwzrCGW
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 1, 2019
Swalwell was something of a political flash in the pan when he first declared his candidacy. He declared up front that he was running on a gun control platform, which immediately alienated him from a massive bloc of voters who own guns and want to keep them.
In a separate story, Fox News quoted former Congressman Trey Gowdy, the ex-federal prosecutor who is known for blunt criticism of people and things that seem nonsensical. He once referred to a statement from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi as “mind-numbingly stupid,” as reported at the time by Real Clear Politics.
Gowdy was ripping Swalwell for continuing to pursue a now-discredited allegation that President Donald Trump was “a Russian asset,” according to the article.
“President Eric Swalwell,” Gowdy observed, “that ought to scare the ever-living hell out of you.”
Swalwell is trailing in a pack that just swelled to 21 Democrats seeking the party’s nomination to challenge Trump in 2020.
Joining the race is Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, described as a “moderate” Democrat by the New York Times. Since former Vice President Joe Biden, another gaffe-prone politician, entered the race, he has been getting the lion’s share of news coverage, leaving candidates like Swalwell grabbing for any little bit of attention they can garner. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, running dead last on a climate change platform, recently was mocked by Seattle radio personality Jason Rantz for “surging” in the polls to “0.3%.” Inslee reportedly took a poke at former Congressman Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke over the climate change issue.
With Democrats in the race that can’t seem to escape their own mouths and social media remarks, it could be a long, hot, dreary summer and longer, dreary winter filled with foul balls from presidential hopefuls scrambling to maintain a media presence, and political relevance, in a race to the left that they hope will take them to the Oval Office 18 months from now.
Swalwell’s anti-gun bravado and gender-baiting foolishness appears to have set the bar a rung or two lower.