It’s not a done deal. The Hill notes only that the candidate in question will be holding a press conference Monday afternoon and that there is speculation that he may be dropping out of the Democratic primary contest. As the Hill reports:
Last week, he abruptly canceled two days of campaign events in New Hampshire, further stoking rumors of an impending exit.
So what is this candidate’s name? Eric Swalell. For those of you who are saying “Who?” the article advises that Swalwell, a representative from California, “has struggled to gain traction,” adding, “Speculation has swirled in recent days that the California congressman could be preparing to exit the primary.”
Swalwell has never polled higher than 1% and has failed to show up at all in some polls, but he has offered the occasional chuckle to dissenters. Such as when he attempted to show solidarity with Hispanics and ended up insulting members of that demographic by tweeting:
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
Or when he said only a certain type of “white guy” should be president.
One of Swalwell’s most embarrassing episodes as a presidential candidate came in early June at an Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame event where he attempted to unveil his new campaign slogan, “I will be bold without the bull.” But when he uttered the phrase and waited for the thunderous applause that was sure to follow, he was met instead with stony silence.
Democrat presidential candidate Eric Swalwell: “I will be bold without the bull”
Swalwell pauses, appearing to expect applause from the audience
No one claps pic.twitter.com/Z8OFMONQBZ
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 9, 2019