(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., who is best known for his affair with a Chinese spy and breaking wind on live television, has come close to topping his generally horrendous behavior with a recent tweet regarding his son.
My 4-year-old just FaceTimed to ask what I’m doing to “help the people in Buffalo” and “why did the bad man do this?” Absolutely gutting. This cannot be his normal. It’s time to BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS. #EndGunViolence
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) May 16, 2022
In a reaction to the recent shooting in Buffalo, NY, Swalwell sent out a tweet saying his 4-year-old had been distressed after seeing it on the news.
“My 4-year-old just Facetimed to ask what I’m doing to ‘help the people in Buffalo’ and ‘why did the bad man do this?’ Absolutely gutting. This cannot be his normal. It’s time to BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS. #EndGunViolence”
Skeptical Twitter users pushed back on this, with many responses saying that 4-year-olds would not ask these questions like these.
Swalwell responded with a photo of his son, with a bow in his hair and dressed in girl’s clothes, watching CNN’s coverage of the event.
I love the “no 4-year-old would ask this” takes. You’re in absolute denial if you think our kids aren’t watching the horrors we are allowing. pic.twitter.com/MnaWpCRTj3
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) May 17, 2022
He also took the time to individually respond to his critics, saying things like “yeah, because I have time to make up s**t my four-year-old says.”
The revelation that Swalwell lets his child watch horrific events like these was met with both criticism and mockery.
My newborn, upon exiting the womb, looked up at me with her barely-open eyes and asked why politicians feel the need to create fictional stories about their offspring to make bad points
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) May 17, 2022
Your 4-year-old also emailed me
He wants to know what I’m doing to prevent his father from sleeping with Chinese spies
— Daniel Greenfield – “Hang Together or Separately” (@Sultanknish) May 17, 2022
My three-year-old just emailed me and asked why I bought him “a toy gun that mimics its deadly counterpart.” He told me our family was “normalizing violence.” He attached a video of himself tossing it in the trash. Heart-wrenching. It’s time to ban toy guns, too.
— Seth Dillon (@SethDillon) May 16, 2022
My 5-year old just FaceTimed to ask, “why would the bad man let his 4-year old watch news about a mass murder incident?”
— SETH WEATHERS (@sethweathers) May 17, 2022
My 2 year old just asked me how we can afford to give Ukraine $40 billion when we have countless citizens suffering here. I’m still trying to regain my composure,it’s just crushing to hear them talk like this.
— FDodd (@capt_trips83) May 17, 2022
Many also pointed out that his child was not nearly as concerned when a crazed man drove his car through a parade in Waukesha a few months ago, killing several people.
Did he FaceTime you about Waukesha?
— Elisabeth (@grizzlymamabear) May 16, 2022
Fewer Twitter users seemed to home in on the boy’s sartorial choices—which likely were not dictated by the younger Swalwell, himself.
But the outfit also seems to be a pointed political commentary as backlash grows over efforts to sexualize young children both in schools and at home by subjecting them to transgender dogma.
Florida has passed an anti-groomer law in response to prevent teachers from indoctrinating children in third grade and younger to the LGBT agenda.
In Texas, the courts recently upheld a law that allows the state to investigate as child abuse those who subject children to potentially damaging hormonal treatments and surgeries to alter their sex.