VIDEO: What’s the sound of no hands clapping?

VIDEO: What’s the sound of no hands clapping?
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) bypasses Trump Tower in a harsh winter search for coffee in NYC. Swalwell, Twitter

Sometimes, candidates for office accidentally create their own campaign slogans. They are giving a speech and pause to emphasize some catchy phrase their speechwriters crafted for them, and the next thing you know, those words are emblazoned on car bumpers throughout the nation.

One of the one most famous slogans to catch fire was Harry Truman’s pledge “The buck stops here,” which became so popular that he kept a placard with the phrase on his desk in the Oval Office.

Evidently, presidential hopeful Eric Swalwell thought he might have found solid gold in a speech he delivered at an Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame event. Instead it turned out to be fool’s gold. In the video capture that follows, he makes the promise “I will be bold without the bull” and then pauses, waiting for the cheers and applause that were certain to come. Instead, the remark is met with deafening silence.

Maybe Swalwell, who is so far down in the polls that his name fails to appear in the RealClear Politics list of the top twenty Democratic candidates, should attempt to resuscitate a line he uttered in May, when he said, “A white guy who doesn’t see other identities, or understand other experiences should not be president. I do.”

Comes tripping off the tongue, no?

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."


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