If you thought the field for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination was as crowded as much as a group of millennials lining up for avocados, think again: California Congressman Eric Swalwell, an outspoken foe of President Donald Trump and an avid fan of gun control, is reportedly ready to announce he’ll throw his oversized hat into the ring.
According to The Atlantic, Swalwell wants to center his campaign around gun control, and will announce his run for the presidency next week on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”
Looking to buttress any support he can get from younger voters, whom he has stated catalyzed his harsh stance on assault weapons, Swalwell has apparently enlisted Cameron Kasky, one of the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in February 2018, to aid his efforts. According to The Atlantic, “Together, they’re organizing a town hall that Swalwell will host in Coral Springs, Florida, on Tuesday.”
The Atlantic’s Edward-Issac Dovere writes, “When I reached out to Swalwell on Wednesday evening, he wouldn’t confirm the news, but he didn’t leave much doubt that he intends to run for president. ‘We are doing a town hall in Parkland,’ he told me. 'And I do believe that gun safety has to be a top 2020 issue.'”
Swalwell is friends with Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America; she told Dovere, “It’s a true sea change in presidential politics that the candidates are competing to be the strongest on this issue, which means Americans will have a plethora of gun-sense champions to choose from. The calculus on guns has changed, and gun safety is no longer a third rail—in fact, making this issue a priority in your policy platform is how you win. Representative Swalwell has a long track record of being good on the issue of gun safety, and we welcome him to the race.”
In November 2018, Swalwell suggested using nuclear weapons against American citizens who oppose his far-left gun control agenda. After he called for a $15 billion government program to confiscate millions of guns from Americans, one Twitter user responded, “So basically @RepSwalwell wants a war. Because that’s what you would get. You’re outta your f***ing mind if you think I’ll give up my rights and give the gov all the power.” Swalwell answered on Twitter:
In May 2018, Swalwell wrote an op-ed for USA Today, asserting:
Reinstating the federal assault weapons ban that was in effect from 1994 to 2004 would prohibit manufacture and sales, but it would not affect weapons already possessed. This would leave millions of assault weapons in our communities for decades to come.
Instead, we should ban possession of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons, we should buy back such weapons from all who choose to abide by the law, and we should criminally prosecute any who choose to defy it by keeping their weapons. The ban would not apply to law enforcement agencies or shooting clubs.
Swalwell may have to work on his sensitivity: when Maine Senator Susan Collins reportedly told WVOM in the midst of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, "My office has received some pretty ugly voicemails, threats, terrible things said to my staff," a claim buttressed by her chief of staff, who added, "we’ve had some very abusive callers. … We’ve had some very vulgar calls and sort of harassing the staff,” Swalwell tweeted, “Boo hoo hoo. You’re a senator who police will protect. A sexual assault victim can’t sleep in her home tonight because of threats. Where are you sleeping? She’s on her own while you and your @SenateGOP colleagues try to rush her through a hearing.”