2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) is expected to be the first of the candidates vying for the Democratic nomination to drop from the race, and people on Twitter are getting their shots in.
A Capitol Hill source familiar with the congressman’s plans told the LA Times that Swalwell is expected to announce his dropping from the race in a press conference Monday afternoon after canceling a campaign stop in New Hampshire.
Swalwell’s campaign focused on eliminating gun violence with solutions such a “semiautomatic assault weapon,” a mandatory gun buyback program, and the implementation of a “federal licensing program for gun owners.” He also vowed to “criminally prosecuting” anyone who refuses to comply with his proposed laws.
After the report broke, users on Twitter blasted the California congressman in anticipation of his official campaign announcement, with some of them bringing up Swalwell’s infamous tweet from 2018 where he suggested the government would employ the use of “nukes” if a “war” broke out over the government attempting to seize firearms from citizens.
And it would be a short war my friend. The government has nukes. Too many of them. But they’re legit. I’m sure if we talked we could find common ground to protect our families and communities.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) November 16, 2018
Check it out:
Wait… is Eric Swalwell going to nuke his Presidential campaign today?
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) July 8, 2019
Swalwell ran on gun confiscation, preventing people from being able to "hoard" more than 200 rounds of ammo, and jailing the gun owners who didn't turn in the newly banned guns. And that was AFTER he said he would nuke gun owners if a war broke out over the laws. https://t.co/dvyUvIMU4g
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) July 8, 2019
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) July 8, 2019
This is about 3 months overdue. https://t.co/pfDJeGbf42
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) July 8, 2019
.@ericswalwell is expected to drop out of the presidential race today.
His presser will go something like this…
“It turns out I can’t actually nuke all of the gun owners in the US, so today I am suspending my run for President.”
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) July 8, 2019
Swalwell is polling so low that he doesn’t even register among Real Clear Politics’ top-20 candidates https://t.co/yN2O9NfgCD
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 8, 2019
How's Swalwell going to find our guns if he can't even find donors? https://t.co/GEjMlmVfes
— Donny Ferguson 🗽 (@DonnyFerguson) July 8, 2019
This is the moment Eric Swalwell became president pic.twitter.com/k6bb3XUedb
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) July 8, 2019
Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell‘s (R-Ky.) campaign team took a shot at Swalwell.
Good work, Swalwell. pic.twitter.com/jBYqtPqb4z
— Team Mitch (@Team_Mitch) July 8, 2019
Swalwell had previously tried testing the waters on Americans’ views on his proposed assault weapon ban and buyback program via a Twitter poll last week, but the idea backfired.
As IJR Red previously reported, the California Democrat asked on Twitter whether people supported a ban and buyback of “every weapon of war” in the country a la “Australia” or if they loved “guns” more than “kids.”
The 19,342 people who voted spoke volumes, with 79 percent of those choosing the second of the two options, “No. We love Guns > Kids.”