Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) made an analogy about border walls that was so bad Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) wanted to give him an award for it.
Under the leadership of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Swalwell and many of his fellow Democrats have been trying to explain their opposition to providing $5.7 billion to build a physical barrier at the southern border.
Although the record-breaking partial government shutdown ended on Friday, President Donald Trump is still battling to secure wall funding. The deal negotiated between the two sides allowed for the government to reopen until February 15. At that point, the two sides will have to have made a long-term agreement on funding for the Department of Homeland Security or the government will shut down again.
For now, the Republicans are standing firm on their request for $5.7 billion for a physical barrier. Democrats latest request is for $5.7 billion for improved technology at the border, but not a wall or other type of physical barrier. They’re calling a “smart wall” and it consists of drones, x-ray machines for vehicle screenings, and additional border patrol agents.
In an attempt to build an analogy about the use of a “smart wall,” Rep. Swalwell decided to compare it to the U.S. Capitol. It backfired.
If you’ve been to the U.S. Capitol, close your eyes. Do you remember a wall around it? But do you remember officers guarding it? Cameras? And barriers at vulnerable points? Do you believe our Capitol is at any risk of an invasion? We don’t need a wall, we need smart security.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) January 24, 2019
As many people noted, this analogy doesn’t work for a plethora of reason. The building is obviously made of walls and there are several barriers that prevent cars from driving too close to the building and doors that remain locked or guarded at all times. Others noted that the capitol building is located in the U.S., far away from any other country, and is not at great risk for an invasion.
Many took to Twitter to mock Swalwell for his failed analogy.
I hate to break it to you smart guy
But the US Capitol is surrounded by
The United States
It's not on a border, hence not much chance of an invasion
But other than that your mindless analogy is compelling https://t.co/cjfJqbckdo
— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) January 24, 2019
Today I learned that DC apparently borders a foreign country, according to this congressional source –>https://t.co/YzQLlyCkty
— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) January 24, 2019
Uh… have you… left… your office? There are police cars and barricades everywhere in that area. https://t.co/4Xz5fWMd8Y
— Ashley Rae Goldenberg (@Communism_Kills) January 24, 2019
Building are made up of walls. https://t.co/dRyRpmJVEN
— Alex VanNess (@thealexvanness) January 24, 2019
This is an actual tweet, from an actual congressman.
Pray for the country. https://t.co/Y0Q78tuMM4
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) January 27, 2019
After Swalwell was roasted online for his failed analogy, Crenshaw offered to give him a prize for “worst analogy, ever.”
Grand prize for worst analogy ever. https://t.co/2pqkVc02UR
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) January 27, 2019
Although the shutdown may have ended, it looks like there will still be plenty of theatrical moments before the two sides pass a long-term agreement on border security.