Rep. Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.) became the first 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to drop out of the race Monday, ending his bid exactly three months after he launched it on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
Swalwell barely registered in the polls—he called it a "breakthrough" when he hit 1 percent—but America did get to know a lot about him. The Washington Free Beacon compiled a list of some of the best memories from Swalwell's short campaign.
He Engaged With Voters About Their Views on the Second Amendment
Assault weapons have become the firearm of choice in too many mass shootings. We don’t have to live this way — those guns only belong on battlefields. Do you support a ban AND buy-back of every weapon of war in America?
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 2, 2019
He Vowed to Fire Jared Kushner if Elected President
In the off chance they’re still around January 20, 2021, I’m firing the shit out of @IvankaTrump & @jaredkushner. Back to to the land of misfit toys. Help me fire them — $1 guarantees a 2021 free from these losers. https://t.co/0Zk5C9rxpB pic.twitter.com/Z1ZGErHQ60
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) July 1, 2019
A True American, He Loves Country Music
He Possessed the Confidence to Compare Himself to JFK and Obama
We will win if we look forward. We are where we are because of failed leadership in the past. We need to look towards the future now. pic.twitter.com/LdQKf6Hjmj
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) July 4, 2019
He Listened to Voters
Being a good president doesn't mean you speak the loudest or tweet the most. Being a good president means knowing when to listen. pic.twitter.com/PDEdCgf7mH
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) May 26, 2019
And He Checked His Privilege
He Literally Cleaned S*** Up
Will you donate $1 now to get me to the debate stage? I'm ready to clean s#*% up! https://twitter.com/ericswalwell/status/1135275685835137025
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) June 2, 2019
He Prefers Old T-Swift
He's a Superhero
"I think it's so appropriate that you gave us all the same T-shirt because I believe our candidates are a part of the Avengers. We're here to save America! The Republicans — that's the Hunger Games."
— The Hill (@thehill) June 22, 2019
He Promised to Be Bold
Democratic presidential candidate Eric Swalwell: "I will be bold without the bull"
Swalwell pauses, appearing to expect applause from the audience
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 9, 2019