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Dem Rep. Eric Swalwell Says Adam Schiff Didn’t Go Far Enough in Calling Republicans ‘Bums’

In the last few days, MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt interviewed both Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), in both cases discussing word choice and messaging, to varied degrees.

With Swalwell it was President Donald Trump‘s characterizations of the FBI and the Mueller investigatino, and in Lankford’s case, the same and Trump’s tone in general. Both concluded Trump’s language is harmful.

Rep. Swalwell also appeared on CNN, and there had a slightly different tone when asked by host Erica Hill about Rep. Adam Schiff‘s “bums” comment from Sunday morning.

“As long as there’s a majority in Congress that is willing to do this president’s will and as long as we have a deeply unethical president, there’s only one remedy,” said Schiff. “Throw the bums out.”

To keep you up to speed, this is Rep. Swalwell talking about Adam Schiff talking about Republicans in Congress talking about the President talking about Robert Mueller. (Please see “You Are Here” map for reference.)

HILL: “As we look at this, if this is — is this really leading by example when you resort to calling your colleagues on the other side of the aisle… ‘bums’? How is that really leading by example? How is that taking the high road? How is that moving things forward?”
SWALWELL: “Well, what it is saying is, you’re actually worse than bums if you don’t stand up to a president attacking a former FBI director, a patriot who served our country in Vietnam like Bob Mueller. You’re worse than a bum if you are allowing the president to cash in in the Oval Office and put Chinese workers ahead of the American workers when your company is taking a 500 million dollar loan from Indonesia. You are worse than a bum allowing your daughter to receive trademarks from the Chinese while you’re executing trade deals.

So, you know I think he was probably being kind to them.”

“Bums” is no “deep state”, but there is some degree of disconnect – which Hill notes – between saying on the one hand to look forward not backward, to have care when discussing American institutions, and on the other to refer to the other (larger) half of Congress as ‘worse than bums.” Even if you take his point.

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