On Wednesday, failing 2020 Democratic candidate Eric Swalwell, who is polling somewhere in the nether regions, mocked NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch after news broke that the National Rifle Association had stopped production at NRATV. Swalwell taunted Loesch on Twitter, “Bye, @DLoesch & gang — turns out there’s no profit on the graves of dead children. #EnoughIsEnough.”
Swalwell was reacting to a report in The New York Times that detailed the NRA’s move, noting that the NRA had cut ties with the advertising agency Ackerman McQueen. The Times continued, “While NRATV may continue to air past content, its live broadcasting will end and its on-air personalities — Ackerman employees including Dana Loesch — will no longer be the public faces of the N.R.A. It remained unclear whether the N.R.A. might try to hire some of those employees, but there was no indication it was negotiating to do so.”
As The Daily Wire reported in April, Loesch has been a thorn in Swalwell’s side for some time:
On Tuesday, Democratic president candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell took aim at the NRA, taunting them that they wouldn’t debate him. But NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch had a swift and blistering response, quoting from Val Kilmer’s immortal performance as Doc Holliday in the film “Tombstone” and firing back, “I’m your huckleberry.”
Swalwell was responding to Loesch pointing out that Swalwell had “dodged legitimate questions about his gun confiscation-and-jail policy for quite some time.” Prior to that salvo, she had stated, “You said you would jail law-abiding gun owners if they didn’t turn in their lawfully owned firearms. How do you plan to confiscate guns?”
The Daily Wire reported in May 2018 that Swalwell had written an op-ed for USA Today in which he championed reinstating the federal "assault weapons ban," demanded that the United States government institute a mandatory buyback of semi-automatic rifles, and suggested that Americans unwilling to hand over their semi-automatic rifles to the government should be sought out and prosecuted. Swalwell wrote:
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.
Earlier this month, the NRA made fun of Swalwell after he announced a gun control plan outside of the offices of the National Rifle Association and drew a miniscule crowd. Swalwell tweeted, “THIS IS IT! We're announcing our comprehensive plan to END GUN VIOLENCE!”
The NRA tweeted gleefully, “Look! All of presidential candidate Swalwell's supporters came out to our headquarters today. No wonder he is polling at 0%”.