Monday, a 2020 presidential candidate who is polling at zero percent, held a tiny “rally” outside of the National Rifle Association (NRA) headquarters, where only about 20 people showed up to hear him speak.
“Keep your pistols, keep your rifles, keep your shotguns, but we happen to believe we can do more to take the most dangerous weapons out of the hands of the most dangerous people,” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) said.
Almost immediately after telling the small crowd that they could could their rifles, Swalwell called to “ban and buy back” what he described as “assault weapons,” meaning the AR-15, which is the most popular hunting rifle in America, and other such weapons.
“It’s nothing that has not been done before, Swalwell said. “Australia, after its own mass shooting, banned and bought back assault weapons. New Zealand is moving to do that now.”
Swalwell did not mention that despite Australia’s buyback, the country suffered a mass shooting at the hands of a deranged criminal (who unsurprisingly did not care about breaking gun laws) just two weeks ago.
The NRA trolled Swalwell, making fun of his crowd size on its official Twitter page.
“Look! All of presidential candidate Swalwell’s supporters came out to our headquarters today. No wonder he is polling at 0%,” the group said.
Look! All of presidential candidate Swalwell's supporters came out to our headquarters today. No wonder he is polling at 0%. pic.twitter.com/sFZAishEoC
— NRA (@NRA) June 17, 2019
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Joe Biden Admits He Wasn’t “Arrested” In South Africa After Exaggerated Claims
Biden said he was arrested trying to visit Nelson Mandela.
Joe Biden is walking back an exaggerated campaign talking point, after being questioned on his claims of being ‘arrested’ in apartheid-era South Africa trying to visit Nelson Mandela in prison.
Biden all but admitted his claims of being arrested were false in an interview on CNN Friday.
He’s claimed that he was “arrested” in several South Carolina campaign speeches trying to visit the South African political leader.
“This day 30 years ago, Nelson Mandela walked out of prison and entered into discussions about apartheid. I had the great honor of meeting him. I had the great honor of being arrested with our UN ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see him on (Robben) Island,” Biden claimed at a Columbia campaign event earlier this month. He’s repeated the claims two times since then.
Biden admitted to CNN’s Joe Berman that he was merely stopped by customs police at the airport for a short period of time when arriving in the country with the Congressional Black Caucus for a visit in the 1970’s.
His claims of being arrested during a direct attempt to visit Mandela are equally dubious, considering he was merely stopped in the city of Soweto. Soweto is hundreds of miles away from Cape Town’s Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned for decades by the apartheid-era government.
For what it’s worth, the western political leaders such as Joe Biden who were acutely interested in South Africa during the Apartheid era of political repression have largely forgotten about the country and its declining standard of living since then.
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