By: Amy Jo Underwood
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) tweeted a question asking if those challenging the 2020 election results were traitors for their refusal to accept initial results. Swalwell immediately faced backlash for his question, due to recent revelations of a personal relationship with an alleged Chinese spy.
After Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) was discovered to have had a years-long personal relationship with an alleged Chinese spy, many GOP congressmen called for his resignation and/or removal from the House Intelligence Committee.
Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy stated that congressmen on the House Intelligence Committee had access to national secrets, and that many other Democrats would be a better fit for the position than Swalwell. According to the Daily Wire, a spokesperson for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) stated that he intends to hold a hearing concerning Swalwell should Rubio be named chairman of the Intelligence Committee in 2021.
Swalwell tweeted out just before Christmas that those challenging the 2020 election results should have their allegiances questioned. He stated: “Hate to ask...but if a Member of Congress tries to overthrow the 2020 election are they a traitor?”
His tweet was immediately met with sarcastic questions in turn, asking if alliances with Chinese spies count as treason, as well. Swalwell has yet to reply to any responses.
“What hypocrisy! This is a guy who was hurling stones and accusations, all kinds of false accusations at President Trump. ‘Oh, he’s controlled by spies,’ and this and that. He was the most over-the-top critic of President Trump on Russia collusion, and it turns out he’s sleeping with a Chinese spy.” -Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
“There are 200 other Democrats who would be better to be on the Intel Committee than Eric Swalwell.” - House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
Amy Jo Underwood writes from Alabama