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Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) may not be a champ in the polls, but he is leading the group of nearly two dozen Democratic presidential candidates in tweets directed at President Donald Trump in 2019.
The Bay Area News Group analysis found a whopping 23 percent of the California politician’s tweets included “Trump” or the presidential handle @realDonaldTrump. Without including retweets or tweets mentioning Trump via references such as “the president,” Swalwell mentioned Trump 286 times and used his Twitter handle 114 times.
Let me make it clear for @realDonaldTrump, I will never take dirt from a foreign adversary — EVEN if it means beating someone as corrupt as you. *But Trump said every Congressman would take the help. So, every @HouseGOP member should have to answer this: is Trump right?— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) June 13, 2019
“Let me make it clear for @realDonaldTrump, I will never take dirt from a foreign adversary — EVEN if it means beating someone as corrupt as you,” Swalwell wrote. “But Trump said every Congressman would take the help. So, every @HouseGOP member should have to answer this: is Trump right?”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) came in second place, with 16 percent of his tweets mentioning Trump. Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg (D) was at the bottom of the list, with less than 1% of his tweets addressing Trump.
Swalwell’s frequent criticism of the president puts his call for an impeachment inquiry into Trump on Thursday into perspective.
Congress has no choice: we must begin an impeachment inquiry against @realDonaldTrump. He has invited the Russians to again sabotage our elections. And he has obstructed (& obstructs) justice. Time to be held accountable. Our democracy is worth saving.— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) June 13, 2019
“Congress has no choice: we must begin an impeachment inquiry against @realDonaldTrump,” Swalwell wrote. “He has invited the Russians to again sabotage our elections. And he has obstructed (& obstructs) justice. Time to be held accountable. Our democracy is worth saving.”
The analysis used tweets from the first five months of this year in the 2020 presidential candidates’ campaign accounts. For Swalwell, that means 400 instances of throwing shade in only 151 days.
Swalwell, a former Alameda County deputy district attorney, told the Mercury News “it’s the prosecutor in me” that leads him to insult the president.
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Caitlin Davis is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism and Arabic at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared in the Daily Texan and the Austin Chronicle.