Democrat Eric Swalwell tangled with the wrong guy (Superman) and was on the receiving end of some well-earned criticism after falsely tying the church shooting in Laguna Woods, California to Republicans.
On Sunday, a 68-year-old Chinese man from Las Vegas opened fire at the church, allegedly deliberately targeting Taiwanese churchgoers, killing one person and wounding five senior citizens.
The Associated Press reported that the shooter – since identified as David Wenwei Chou – had his rampage halted when parishioners hog-tied him in what the Sheriff’s office described as an act of “exceptional heroism and bravery.”
Representative Swalwell (D-CA) who often speaks without first consulting his brain on the matter, took to Twitter to try and portray the shooter as being a Republican.
“Sorry @housegop that the parishioners hog-tied your boy,” he tweeted adding the hashtag ‘#SorryNotSorry.’
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) May 16, 2022
Eric Swalwell Claims Church Shooter is GOP’s Boy
Representative Eric Swalwell’s attempt to politicize the church shooting in Laguna Woods failed on two major fronts.
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First, the obvious is how slimy a politician comes off when they try to score political points while bodies are still being identified.
Second, he didn’t get the reaction he wanted.
Superman himself Dean Cain responded, “What an a**hole.”
What an asshole. https://t.co/1au83mV50f
— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) May 16, 2022
Hey, listen, Superman has feelings, too.
Other followers also took the opportunity to lambaste Swalwell.
“You’re just a bad person,” another tweet succinctly put things.
Cain added in a separate tweet: “How is this man in Congress? Literally, TRYING to divide this country — how is this a leader?”
Hey media, let me know when you’re gonna deal with this. Because Swalwell is gonna get some innocent person killed if he doesn’t cut this crap. https://t.co/s5Hs3ZKpDQ
— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) May 16, 2022
His Smear Backfired
It turns out the shooting at the Laguna Woods church was politically motivated, according to authorities, just not in any way as envisioned by the congressman.
The shooting, according to the Los Angeles Times, “appeared to be motivated by political hatred of Taiwan.”
Chou, the report reads, “left notes in Chinese in his car stating he did not believe Taiwan should be independent from China” with officials adding “he specifically targeted the Taiwanese community.”
Looks like he was one of yours, Soy Boy.
— Rusty 🇺🇸 (@rustyweiss74) May 16, 2022
Making the entire ordeal particularly ironic is Swalwell’s history, with reports surfacing in 2020 that he had been targeted by a Chinese spy who he has thus far refused to confirm or deny having a sexual relationship with.
The Chinese spy, whose name rhymes with Cactus Jack’s most famous catchphrase, “took part in fundraising activity for Swalwell’s 2014 re-election campaign” according to an Axios report, and interacted with Swalwell “at multiple events over the course of several years.”
Eric Swalwell hasn’t been this outraged since Fang Fang lost his favorite plug.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) May 16, 2022
Swalwell has repeatedly expressed that he was never accused of sharing sensitive information with Fang Fang, also known as Christine Fang.
Tucker Carlson says that “U.S. Intelligence officials believe” that a suspected Chinese spy “had a sexual relationship with” Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA) and that Swalwell’s office couldn’t comment on it because they said that info might be “classified”pic.twitter.com/biV78uVZHB
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) December 9, 2020
Swalwell followed up the ‘GOP’s boy’ tweet with an equally preposterous claim about the disgusting racially-motivated shooting in Buffalo.
“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,” he tweeted.
One, why is your four-year-old watching news about domestic mass shootings? Two, this more than likely did not happen. Ever. Under any circumstances.
My 3-year-old was in tears and asked “why doesn’t Representative Swalwell condemn the violent hate against proponents of Taiwanese independence, and how can he be allowed on the House Intelligence Committee after dating a spy from China?”
— Razor (@hale_razor) May 16, 2022
Former political strategist Seth Weathers blasted Swalwell for allowing his kid to watch coverage of such a horrific event.
“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?’” he mocked. “Absolutely gutted.”
On a serious note, I have a 5 year old and I would never let him hear about something like this.
Bad parenting, @ericswalwell
— SETH WEATHERS (@sethweathers) May 17, 2022
In the face of heavy skepticism, Swalwell tried backing up his story by posting a text message presumably from his wife which included a picture showing the child watching CNN reporting on the massacre.
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
In a fiery speech on the House floor in November, Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO) hammered Swalwell for allegedly sleeping with a Chinese spy.
“My colleague and three-month presidential candidate from California, who is on the Intelligence Committee, slept with Fang Fang, a Chinese spy,” she said.
“Let me say that again. A member of Congress who receives classified briefings was sleeping with the enemy.”
“My colleague and 3-month Presidential candidate from California who is on the Intelligence Committee slept with Fang Fang— a Chinese Spy.”
Just brutal. pic.twitter.com/HbsF0dOMWq
— Danny De Urbina (@dannydeurbina) November 17, 2021