Eric Swalwell attempts to show solidarity with Hispanics, ends up being called racist

Eric Swalwell attempts to show solidarity with Hispanics, ends up being called racist
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) bypasses Trump Tower in a harsh winter search for coffee in NYC. Swalwell, Twitter

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:

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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:

Several of the comments disapprove of the Left’s kneejerk (emphasis on “jerk”) tendency to assume all Hispanics vote Democratic. For example:

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?”

His answer:

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.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

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