CNN’s Jake Tapper Grills Clueless Dem Eric Swalwell: ‘What World Do You Guys Live In?’

CNN’s Jake Tapper Grills Clueless Dem Eric Swalwell: ‘What World Do You Guys Live In?’


California Congressman Eric Swalwell couldn’t
have seen this coming. The vocal opponent of President Donald Trump
— who mounted his own short-lived bid for the Democratic 2020 nomination — took to
the normally Democrat-friendly confines of CNN on Tuesday and got some unexpectedly tough
questions from the host of “The Lead with Jake Tapper.” The eponymous Tapper focused specifically
on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s tactic of refusing to send articles of impeachment against
President Donald Trump on to the Senate for trial in hopes of pressuring Senate Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell to bow to Democrats’ terms. “With all due respect, this leverage gambit
does not seem to have worked,” Tapper said. By CNN standards for Democrats, it was a grilling. And Swalwell came across as simply clueless. What’s telling here is that Swalwell, who’s
not usually short on things to say, didn’t handle Tapper’s questions well at all — like
he wasn’t expecting to face real questions during a CNN appearance. At the top of the interview, Tapper asked
how Democrats expected to force McConnell’s hand after the majority leader’s announcement
Tuesday that he had the votes to proceed with a Senate impeachment trial — on Republican
terms. Swalwell tried to massage the answer by bringing
up the announcement Monday by former National Security Advisor John Bolton that he would
testify in the Senate if he were subpoenaed. “Well, [McConnell] should just do the right
thing,” Swalwell said. “You know, having the votes is one thing,
but if you have a key witness that the House was not able to obtain who is now saying he’s
willing to come forward, the right thing seems to be, well, let’s hear from this witness.” So McConnell, the leader of the Senate Republicans
and a solid supporter of the president, should just “do the right thing” — as Democrats
define it? It’s hard to say which is worse, that Swalwell
could actually utter such nonsense on the air or that he apparently expected any journalist
— even a CNN journalist — would buy it. To his credit, Tapper wasn’t buying it at
all. He asked Swalwell if House Democrats would
be willing to subpoena Bolton now — something Pelosi’s troupe couldn’t find time for
while ramming the paper-thin articles of impeachment through the House in December. Swalwell tried to punt the answer to Pelosi
and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff. “I personally think, Jake, that we put forward
enough evidence to warrant removal, but if senators have questions about any gaps in
the evidence because the president told witnesses to not come forward, well, now you have a
witness who is willing to come forward,” he said. It was getting worse for Swalwell, and Tapper
didn’t let up. Near the end of the interview, he asked why
the Senate should even think about calling witnesses when House Democrats were in too
much of a rush to use the courts to force testimony the White House opposed. Swalwell’s answer, which bordered on incoherence,
seemed to be that the presence of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts presiding
over the Senate trial would make any court fights unnecessary. Tapper wasn’t buying that either. “I guess I wonder just like, ‘What world
do you guys live in?’ if you think that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is
gonna get his robe dirty with the political tenor of this, or Mitch McConnell is gonna
feel in any way pressured to do the trial the way House Democrats want to do it, when
this is a guy that wouldn’t even have a hearing for Merrick Garland,” he said. “I understand you live in a world where
you think things should be in a certain way but that’s not the world that I live in.” It was a rare moment of clarity for CNN viewers
— one that punctured the liberal bubble Democrats have surrounded themselves with. They think they live in a world where the
country wants Trump ousted (it doesn’t), a world where Pelosi can dictate how the Senate
should conduct its business (she can’t), and where a vocal liberal blowhard like Swalwell
can spout nonsense on CNN and be taken seriously. On Tuesday, unfortunately, they had good reason
to believe that last one, anyway. Until Eric Swalwell got a grilling he couldn’t
have seen coming.

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