Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who is known for his blind partisan attacks on Republicans, became visibly agitated when Republican Representative Troy Nehls (R-TX) brought up the Chinese spy, Fang Fang, and his “checkered past.” Nehls was defending Sheena Rodriguez, who was testifying about the border crisis, from Swalwell’s relentless badgering about her presence in Washington D.C. on January 6th. Swalwell had greeted her with a barrage of questions about her attendance at the protest, despite her not being involved in the Capitol building’s siege.
You own it, Farts. @ericswalwell
Eric Swalwell Was Not Happy After GOP Rep Brought Up 'Yum Yum' https://t.co/Wnr78Xm69c
— Signal Squid (@SignalSquid) April 27, 2023
Nehls commendably apologized to Rodriguez and reminded everyone that this hearing was about the border crisis, not January 6th. However, Swalwell would not take the high road and lashed out, demanding that Nehls retract his statement about his checkered past. Republicans have accused Swalwell before of having a romantic relationship with a Chinese spy, so his annoyance is understandable.
After Swalwell went after a witness at the Judiciary Committee's hearing, about minors being exploited at the border, because she was near the Capitol on January 6th (she not did attack police or stormed the Capitol) Rep. Nehls brought up Swalwell's "checkered past" with Fang… pic.twitter.com/dCnPjDkjbB
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) April 26, 2023
These guys don’t want to debate substance. They want to sling slurs. And then back down when challenged. pic.twitter.com/6HW2JvlDPl
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) April 26, 2023
Despite Swalwell’s attempt to set the narrative, it was indeed necessary for Nehls to bring up Swalwell’s connection with the Chinese spy, since it is a matter of national security. Swalwell’s ongoing devotion to radical Democrats and their infamous “cancel culture” also cannot be ignored. This is precisely why we need clear-headed Republicans who understand the importance of border security and can stay focused on the issues at hand.
Swalwell, clearly upset by Nehls’ comments, resorted to his default setting of blaming Republicans for their slurs and insults. Ultimately, the hearing was a prime example of why Republicans remain needed to maintain balance and order in Congress. They were there for the critical issue of protecting American lives at the border, not to participate in thinly-veiled partisan attacks.