Poor Eric Swalwell just ought to pack it in now. His never-robust run for the presidency is now running on fumes, and his continuing efforts to appear relevant just serve to make him look pathetic. Racist, too.
That’s the upshot of a tweet he posted on Saturday that he must have thought would win him some points among Hispanics. But the tweet, which essentially parroted the same tired lies that every politician on the Left is telling about conditions on the border, only got him in hot water.
The flaw in the tweet arose out of the liberal tendency to treat all immigrants — legal and illegal — alike. A more artful liar might have gotten away with it. But not Swalwell, who wrote:
If you’re Hispanic, there’s nothing @realDonaldTrump wont do to break up your family, cage your children, or erase your existence with a weaponized census. And there’s nothing we won’t do in the streets, courts, and at the ballot box to stop him. #FamiliesBelongTogether
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) June 22, 2019
The message resonated, albeit not favorably, with the estimated 38.9 million Hispanics who are in the U.S. legally.
Here are just a few of the 23,000 responses Swalwell received:
My legally immigrated and naturally born hispanic friends will disagree
— Tron (@Turn3Tron) June 22, 2019
As a legal immigrant from #Chile, I second that
— Gonzalo Vergara (@GlenSalo) June 22, 2019
We seem pretty uncaged if you ask me. pic.twitter.com/WAvB5IRz7t
— Douglas Church (@Douglas_Church) June 22, 2019
I’m Hispanic and a 100% Trump supporter, silly.
— DarrinStephens (@DarrinBewitched) June 22, 2019
🙋🏽♀️ me too! Became US citizen to have a voice and let liberals know they do not have my vote!
— Rocio Chavarria (@rechavs) June 23, 2019
Several of the comments disapprove of the Left’s kneejerk (emphasis on “jerk”) tendency to assume all Hispanics vote Democratic. For example:
Im from a town called Watsonville which is primarily hispanic & have plenty of conservative friends. Many of them say they dislike how many (not all) liberals treat hispanics as if they’re automatically illegal/liberal. They act as if they know how they think/should think
— ChugsBleach (@FTChugsBleach) June 23, 2019
This tweet was not Swalwell’s first stumble in the area of demographics. Toward the end of May, he attempted to pander to a whole host of ethnicities at once when he was asked by Vice News Tonight “Why should another white guy be president?”
Well, a white guy who doesn’t see other identities, or understand other experiences should not be president. I do. And where there would be gaps in my knowledge or my experience, I will pass the mic to people who do have that experience. I’ve also pledged that I would ask a woman to serve as vice president.
Maybe he should have passed the mic to an Hispanic before sending out his tweet on Saturday.