Swalwell had been mocked online for his original tweet, in which he claimed his son FaceTimed him “why did the bad man do that?” after the Buffalo shooting
California Rep. Eric Swalwell was toasted on social media after he tweeted about his four-year-old child’s reaction to the mass shooting at the Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York.
The 41-year-old Democrat leader took to Twitter on Monday, May 16, and claimed his son asked him about the day’s massacre, which killed 10 people. “My 4-year-old just FaceTimed asking what I’m doing to ‘help the people of Buffalo’ and ‘why did the bad man do that?'” Absolutely cringeworthy. This can’t be normal. It’s time to BAN DASH WEAPONS. #EndGunViolence,” Swalwell tweeted on Monday, May 16.
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Swalwell, who represents California’s 15th congressional district, was subsequently mocked on social media, with many sharing parodies of his post. “My 4-year-old, non-binary, triple amputee, transracial child just FaceTimed me and told me you’re fucking annoying,” political commentator Blaire White replied. “As my newborn left the womb, she looked at me with her barely open eyes and asked why politicians feel the need to invent fictional stories about their offspring to make bad arguments,” added conservative expert Allie Beth Stuckey.
“My three-year-old just emailed me and asked why I bought him “a toy gun that mimics its deadly counterpart.” He told me that our family “normalizes violence.” He attached a video of him throwing it in the trash. heartbreaking. Time to ban toy guns too,” interjected Seth Dillon, CEO of Babylon Bee. Do you agree to give Ukraine $40 billion while we face record inflation and baby food shortages? Absolutely sucks. This can’t be normal. Time to jail traitorous politicians like @RepSwalwell,” wrote the official Libertarian Party of New Hampshire Twitter account.
“My 5-year-old just asked FaceTimed, ‘Why is the bad man letting his 4-year-old see news about a mass murder incident?’ Absolutely disappointed,” commented political strategist Seth Weathers. “My 4-year-old FaceTimer asked me why US officials who sleep with Chinese spies are not held accountable. Absolute shame. This cannot be normal, but it is because there are no more consequences for the powerful in this nation. #EndSexWithChineseSpies,” podcaster Keith Malinak offered.
“Lol, that’s a lie. And also no. He specifically attacked Buffalo because they have a law that says you can’t have more than 10 rounds in a magazine. You and other political idiots actually made Buffalo a target by disarming them. They all helped with those murders,” NFL wide receiver TJ Moe claimed.
One Twitter user said that while he was a fan of Swalwell, he didn’t buy the politician’s claim. In response to the criticism, the Democrat shared a screenshot of a Facebook conversation about his son watching the news. “Yes because I have time to make up for shit my 4-year-old says,” he wrote.
The California congressman later added, “I love the ‘no 4-year-old would ask that’ shots.
Buffalo authorities have identified 18-year-old Payton Gendron as the prime suspect behind the grocery store shooting on Saturday, May 14. The teenager, who is being held in custody, has allegedly shared a 180-page manifesto online and police believe the attack was racially motivated. The shooter reportedly wore tactical gear and used an assault weapon to shoot several people on the supermarket premises, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office said in a release. Gendron is said to have streamed the shooting live on the Twitch streaming platform.