You can forgive yourself for not knowing who Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) is heading into tonight’s Democratic debate. But the California congressman, who is running on a gun control platform, got his name out there immediately by burning the hell out of front-runner Joe Biden.
Swalwell pulled out an old Biden quote from 31 years ago, when the former vice president, then running for president in 1988, said it was time to pass the torch to a younger generation.
Swalwell told Biden, who is 76, that he was right, it’s time to pass the torch.
Much more contentious tonight.
Eric Swalwell just took a direct shot at Joe Biden.
"I was 6 years old when a presidential candidate … said it’s time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans. That candidate was Biden."
Biden: "I'm still holding onto that torch." pic.twitter.com/wlYL8u8m0q
— jordan (@JordanUhl) June 28, 2019
Swalwell quotes Biden from decades ago saying it's time to "pass the torch" to the next generation of leadership. Biden said he is still holding the torch but didn't provide a response for how he is still a leader for young generational change.
— Emma Kinery (@EmmaKinery) June 28, 2019
Eric Swalwell: Joe Biden was Right when he said we needed to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans… 32 years ago
— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) June 28, 2019
Eric Swalwell comes out swinging HARD… “Pass the torch,” he repeats, invoking the words of Joe Biden from his 1988 campaign, when Swalwell says he was 6 years old. #DemDebate2
— Ed O'Keefe (@edokeefe) June 28, 2019
Oh shit. @RepSwalwell tossing old age
— day by day, bird by bird™️ (@Miss_Placed_) June 28, 2019
That Biden line was fuegoooooooo
— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) June 28, 2019
Unfortunately, Biden, who has no problem keeping his hands on things he shouldn’t, said he still would keep his hands on the torch.
biden: PRY THE TORCH FROM THE STATUE OF ME THAT GUARDS MY GRAVE
— Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) June 28, 2019
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) June 28, 2019
This being 2019, the Swalwell campaign already had a tweet out for his prepared burn.
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) June 28, 2019
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