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.”
2020 Watch-NEW: On the push back he received after tweeting a selfie of him NOT going into Trump Tower for coffee, @RepSwalwell tells me "I was rightfully skilled..on Twitter" where he says "you can dish it out" BUT "you better be able to take it" #NHPolitics #FITN #CApolitics pic.twitter.com/tABvz4niin
— Paul Steinhauser (@steinhauserNH1) February 25, 2019
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”:
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) February 20, 2019
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.”
The cold has grown more than we can bear. Though only 2 blocks into my journey, it feels like a fortnight. Old Sam succumbed this morning, and I fear I am soon to follow. If this letter is to be my last, tell my staff Grande Latte no sugar https://t.co/FxFiT2yNW9
— John Noonan (@noonanjo) February 20, 2019
Please. It’s New York, there are coffee shops everywhere. You just wanted to post about Trump and be dramatic. Sad!
— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) February 20, 2019
History will long remember this day. The March of the Starbucks Martyr, they'll say. We live in blessed times. https://t.co/JNvIbUCIz6
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) February 20, 2019
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.
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. The NRA should face legal consequences. But let’s put them out of business with boycotts and ballot boxes. #EnoughIsEnough pic.twitter.com/XFTAg5XJWI
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) February 23, 2019
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.”
How can you claim this? Are you deliberately lying or did you just not read it?
The article is about legislation targeting gun owners, not the NRA targeting Democrats.
If your goal is to ensure that “outrage culture” is alive and well, continuing to divide us, congrats. https://t.co/KsnSdPWPb6
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) February 24, 2019
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.