Oh, he’s serious: Rep. Eric Swalwell turns to Snopes to dig him out of his nuking gun owners tweet
Wow, Rep. Eric Swalwell just can’t keep that foot out of his mouth. First, he set all of those crazy militia types straight when it comes to fighting against a tyrannical government. The government has nukes, and all they have is the AR-15s he’d like to confiscate.
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
You’d think Swalwell would be smart enough to let his ridiculous tweet slide out of the news cycle, but no: on Monday he cited fact-checking site Snopes.com as proof that he didn’t make a “serious threat to nuke gun owners.”
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) November 19, 2018
Dude … can we call you dude? Dude, no one thought you were seriously going to nuke gun owners — we’re pretty sure as a congressman you don’t have the launch codes. But the fact that the idea even crossed your mind, let alone made it into a tweet … it’s mind-blowing. This was not “faux outrage.”
What ticked off Second Amendment defenders was that you made their point for them: if a congressman can even suggest nuking American citizens, then yes, there should be a legitimate fear of the government having too much power.
Oh. Snopes has made a ruling.
Well. That changes everything… https://t.co/qw2oocD1PC
— Tony Katz (@tonykatz) November 20, 2018
HAHAHA Snopes is BS, It's a cat lady and sweaty fat dude who bangs hookers "fact checking" stuff. Get the F out of here man! HAHA. What a joke https://t.co/8nXQi1Rpkh
— Joe Biggs (@Rambobiggs) November 20, 2018
I can't believe Snopes wasted a second of their time "debunking" nuke boy's story. https://t.co/IHU0nX7lgs
— Mickey White (@BiasedGirl) November 20, 2018
Who said your threat was serious?
But even as a joke…it was uncivil and inappropriate. https://t.co/LBTb9fllAW
— Pradheep J. Shanker, M.D., M.S. (@Neoavatara) November 20, 2018
You *literally* suggested the United States would launch nuclear weapons against its own citizens if they resisted gun confiscation. https://t.co/Dpn1Wng6Aw
— Anthony Abides (@AnthonyAbides) November 20, 2018
Phew. Now that nukes are (wink wink) off the table, how many Americans would you be willing to have the government murder to impose your confiscation plan? https://t.co/suC6gieXVZ
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) November 20, 2018
You’re an elected official. To suggest nuking constituents, even sarcastically, is appalling and should warrant consequences. It reveals your sick sense of humor, joking the government should mass-murder American citizens that won’t comply with gun confiscation. You should resign https://t.co/kE9Tay0Ble
— Richard Armande Mills (RAM) (@RAMRANTS) November 20, 2018
Ha ha ha like @snopes has any credibility anymore! We know you were joking but coming from a sitting Congressman made it shocking and disturbing. How about you #GrowUp and start acting like an adult. That will help a lot! #DontNukeMeBro https://t.co/i5DbU0ih2v
— Gregory🇺🇸 (@gregr209) November 20, 2018
Snopes has exceedingly low standards …but at least they listed as a "mixture" of true and false.
What's really sad is @RepSwalwell thinks this "DEBUNKS" (in all caps) the obvious fact that he implied gun owners should be nuked.
— Andrew Follett (@AndrewCFollett) November 20, 2018
I care about my right to be safe from dangerous politicians. And no one believes Snopes. https://t.co/sGi5voaAvz
— Dan Gainor (@dangainor) November 20, 2018
I'm thankful that I have guns to protect myself from violent Democrats. https://t.co/EGaJSieCWH
— TheNewHughGMcLeod (@NewHughMcLeod) November 20, 2018
— Ghosts Of Home (@SteelerChris) November 20, 2018
— Allen Ray ☢🚹 (@2CynicAl65) November 20, 2018
After threatening to nuke Americans who refuse to give up their guns, Rep. Eric Swalwell laments lack of progress on gun debate https://t.co/JL1ohdAAaN
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 16, 2018