A 2020 presidential candidate who once threatened to use nuclear weapons on American citizens criticized people who use threats as a method of communication.
“Making threats is the lowest form of communication. If your response to a lawmaker proposing to change gun laws is to threaten to kill that lawmaker, you are proving why we need better laws on firearm possession in America,” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) said on Twitter.
Making threats is the lowest form of communication.
If your response to a lawmaker proposing to change gun laws is to threaten to kill that lawmaker, you are proving why we need better laws on firearm possession in America. pic.twitter.com/uhWfJmofEA
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) April 23, 2019
The Congressman attached a video explaining that his fellow lawmakers must act on implementing gun laws.
But last November, Swalwell – now opposed to threats – literally threatened to use nuclear weapons against civilians if ever there was an armed rebellion against the federal government.
Big League Politics reported:
In a Friday Tweet, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) set the internet on fire by insinuating that the federal government would use nuclear weapons against citizens who rebelled against it.
In May, NBC reported that Swalwell proposed a gun buyback that would force Americans to sell semiautomatic rifles to the government or face prosecution. Newsmax host John Cardillo shared the article on Friday, prompting combat veteran and right wing commentator Joe Biggs to claim that a civil war would break out if the federal government actually tried to confiscate weapons.
“So basically @RepSwalwell wants a war. Because that’s what you would get. You’re outta your f****** mind if you think I’ll give up my rights and give the gov all the power,” Biggs said.
That prompted an accidentally honest response from Swalwell.
“And it would be a short war my friend. The government has nukes. Too many of them. But they’re legit. I’m sure if we talked we could find common ground to protect our families and communities,” Swalwell said.
On that note, Swalwell decided to run for president, launching his campaign in mid-April, and joining a crowded field of Democratic Party primary candidates.
Swalwell is also known for his continued role in perpetrating the RussiaGate conspiracy theory.
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Is Bernie Sanders the anti-war candidate that many non-interventionists are making him out to be?
Journalists Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey presented some interesting observations about Sanders’ foreign policy views.
Sanders criticized the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani in January and also stressed his opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
During the Iowa presidential debate, Sanders loudly boasted, “I not only voted against that war, I helped lead the effort against that war.”
However, Sanders changed his tune when chatting with the New York Times.
The answers the Sanders campaign gave the Times showed its flexibility when it comes to foreign policy.
In other words, the Sanders campaign signaled to the military and intelligence apparatus that Sanders won’t present a threat to their interests and may actually carry out their interventionist agenda.
One question in the survey that the Times sent the Sanders campaign stuck out above the rest.
The third survey question asked, “Would you consider military force to pre-empt an Iranian or North Korean nuclear or missile test?”
The Sanders campaign responded, “Yes.”
Based on this response, Sanders’ is signaling that he’s willing to continue Bush-era policies of “preemptive war.”
Like Obama, Sanders’ opposition to the Iraq War was a matter of politics rather than a principled opposition to regime change wars.
His campaign was also asked, “Would you consider military force for a humanitarian intervention?”
Sanders responded, “Yes.”
Some of the wars that the U.S. carried out in the name of “human rights” have been the Bosnian war and the bombing of Serbia in the 1990s along with the aerial campaign against Libya in 2011 and the Civil War launched in Syria.
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