Swalwell Appears to Admit He Was ‘Rightfully’ Roasted Over His Viral Trump Tower Coffee Tweet

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On Monday, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) appeared to admit in a video that he was “rightfully” dragged online after his Trump Tower coffee tweet last Wednesday went viral. It appears the Congressman meant to say “schooled,” according to Fox News.

In a video posted to Twitter Monday morning, Swalwell, when asked about the backlash his original tweet received, responded by saying that he “loved Twitter” and “was rightfully [schooled]” over the selfie.

He continued on, saying that he viewed Twitter as “a cathartic place to go” and that those who “dish it out” should “better be able to take it”:

“So I was rightfully [schooled] about that on Twitter and that’s why I love Twitter. Sometimes it’s just a cathartic place to go, where you can dish it out and you better be able to take it and just move on to the next tweet.”

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The original tweet, posted on Swalwell’s official account last Wednesday, depicts him walking past the Trump Tower in New York. The congressman said that he “needed coffee” in the tweet and that the picture was of him “walking to an alternative” because “the closest cafe is inside Trump Tower”:

The tweet drew criticism online, with many people chiming in to roast Swalwell for the post and giving the California representative the nickname “The Starbucks Martyr.”

Swalwell came under fire on Sunday for alleging on Twitter that the National Rifle Association (NRA) called for violence against Democratic lawmakers in an article they published in their magazine, titled “Target Practice.” He went as far as to say that the NRA should “face legal consequences” for the article.

“This is a call for violence by the @NRA against @GabbyGiffords, who was nearly killed by gunfire and @SpeakerPelosi, the most powerful legislator in America,” he wrote. “The NRA should face legal consequences. But let’s put them out of business with boycotts and ballot boxes. #EnoughIsEnough”

The post caught the attention of Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), who called out Swalwell, asking him, “Are you deliberately lying or did you just not read it?” He then continued on, saying, “If your goal is to ensure that ‘outrage culture’ is alive and well, continuing to divide us, congrats.”

Swalwell, a former prosecutor who now sits on the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, is expected to declare a presidential bid but has not done so yet. If he did declare, he would be joining Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), amongst others, in a massive Democratic primary.

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KhyberRifle
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He wishes the twit roasters would all move on. But martyrdom is forever.

Screwtape
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To paraphrase programs like AA, acknowledging you have a problem is the first step towards recovery.

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