Swalwell compares Trump to Usama bin Laden: ‘He was responsible’

Swalwell compares Trump to Usama bin Laden: ‘He was responsible’

Democratic
California

Rep.
Eric
Swalwell,
who
remains
on
the
House
Intelligence
Committee
despite
foggy
ties
to
a
Chinese
spy
and
who
will
serve
as
an

impeachment
manager,
associated
President
Trump
with
Usama
bin
Laden
in
an
interview
Tuesday.

In
response
to
a
question
about
President
Trump’s
culpability
for
the

Capitol
siege
last
Wednesday,
Swalwell
began
by
immediately
bringing
up
the
terrorist
leader.

“Usama
bin
Laden
did
not
enter
US
soil
on
Sept.
11,
but
it
was
widely
acknowledged
that
he
was
responsible
for
inspiring
the
attack
on
our
country,”
Swalwell
told
PBS
NewsHour.
“And
the
president,
with
his
words

using
the
word
‘fight,’
with
the
speakers
that
he
assembled
that
day,
who
called
for
trial
by
combat
and
said
we
have
to
take
names
and
kick
a–,
that
is
hate
speech
that
inspired
and
radicalized
people
to
storm
the
Capitol.”

SPEAKER
PELOSI
NAMES
REP.
ERIC
SWALWELL
AMONG
TRUMP
IMPEACHMENT
MANAGERS

Impeachment manager Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Impeachment
manager
Rep.
Eric
Swalwell,
D-Calif.,
walks
on
Capitol
Hill
in
Washington,
Wednesday,
Jan.
13,
2021.
(AP
Photo/Susan
Walsh)

And
Swalwell
claimed
that
many
of
the
people
arrested
in
connection
with
the
rioting
stated
that
they
had
been
“called
there
by
the
president.”

NewsHour
host
Judy
Woodruff
immediately
followed
up
by
asking,
“Are
you
comparing
President
Trump
to
Usama
bin
Laden?”

“I’m
comparing
the
words
of
a[n]
individual
who
would
incite
and
radicalize
somebody,
as
Usama
bin
Laden
did,
to
what
President
Trump
did,”
Swalwell
replied.
“You
don’t
actually
have
to
commit
the
violence
yourself,
but
if
you
call
others
to
violence,
that
itself
is
a
crime.”

SWALWELL,
BOEBERT
FEUD
HEATS
UP
AS
ACCUSATIONS
FLY
ON
TWITTER

Swalwell
has
stepped
up
his
rhetoric
since
a
riot
inside
the
Capitol
left
at
least
five
people
dead
in
the
hours
after
President
Trump
spoke
to
supporters
and
reiterated
unproven
claims
that
he’d
won
the
2020
election.

He
referred
to
a
number
of
pro-Trump
Republicans
in
Congress
as
the
“Coup
Klux
Klan”
and
accused
GOP
lawmakers
of
condoning
“terrorists”
in
response
to
them
voicing
election
fraud
concerns.

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While
he’s
been
vocal
with
colorful
criticisms
of
his
Republican
colleagues
in
recent
days,
he’s
largely
remained
mum
on
his
ties
to
suspected
Chinese
spy
Fang
Fang

ignoring
questions
from
the
media
and
calls
by
fellow
lawmakers
to
step
down
from
his
role
on
the
Intel
Committee
in
the
wake
of
the
security
lapse.

Michael
Ruiz
is
a
U.S.
and
World
Reporter
for
Fox
News.

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