Rep. Eric Swalwell was mocked on social media for fawning over Danny Glover as the actor testified Wednesday at a House hearing on H.R. 40, a bill that would establish a commission to study reparations.
“I’ve listened to some of my colleagues, Mr. Glover, tell you how much they love your movies,” said the Iowa Democrat, who is running for president. “And I have to say, we didn’t come here to talk about your movies. We came here to talk about your activism.”
“I like your activism. But I also like your movies,” he added.
Conservative social media-guru Caleb Hull said Swalwell’s remarks were the “cringiest thing” he’d seen at a hearing.
“How is Eric Swalwell even an elected official?” he quipped.
Typical Eric Swalwell
Swalwell’s effusive deference to wokeness has been a reliable source of amusement for the right.
In an interview with Vice News last month, the congressman said, “A white guy who doesn’t see other identities or understand other experiences should not be president.”
“I may be ‘another white guy,’ but I know where there are gaps in my knowledge or my experience and I know when to pass the mic,” he added in a tweet.
Former South Carolina congressman Trey Gowdy reacted to Swalwell’s remarks during an appearance on Fox News.
“I think it is a sad reflection on our politics if people are actually apologizing for things over which they have absolutely no control at all, and I think most of my fellow citizens reject that and see this as just Eric pandering, trying to climb all the way up to 1 percent in the polling,” Gowdy said.