Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., is no stranger to the public spotlight.
But not like this… and Fox News’ Tucker Carlson pounced on it in a brutal takedown.
Swalwell made headlines for appearing in a photo in which he was topless, riding a camel in the foreign nation of Qatar during the coronavirus lockdown.
“If you watch this show, we may have given you the impression that Eric Swalwell spends all of his time having sex with sultry Chinese spies,” Carlson began during his show segment, alluding to Swalwell’s alleged relationship with a foreign spy.
“And for that we apologize. He does have some extra time, and he uses that time to travel all over the world on trips paid for by foreign governments.”
“So earlier this year for example he was in Qatar, on a trip paid for but the U.S.-Qatar Business Council, then he uploaded pictures of the trip to Instagram.”
You can view the “official’ social media post from the U.S.-Qatar Business Council post below:
In a trip organized by USQBC, members of the US House of Representatives including @RepSwalwell, @RubenGallego, @SaraJacobsCA, @RepLouCorrea, @RepLisaMcClain met with Qatari Amir @TamimBinHamad. pic.twitter.com/SeY2KWeYSs
— US-Qatar Business Council (@USQatar) April 1, 2021
But another photo of the trip surfaced.
“Take a look at this picture,” Carlson said. “… You have Eric Swalwell, sitting on his camel, literally shirtless, arms raised in triumph, as his faithful servant of color smiles in the foreground.”
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Here’s the picture below:
House intelligence committee member Rep. Eric Swalwell took a mid-pandemic break from questions about his relationship with Chinese spy Fang Fang…
— Steven Nelson (@stevennelson10) July 9, 2021
Swalwell can be seen alongside his colleague, Ruben Gallego of Arizona, who both were reported to be with their significant others on the trip.
According to The Washington Examiner, to add insult to injury, the photos were taken in March when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still advised people to wear masks in public.
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Further, Examiner notes that it’s against House rules for special interest groups to fund entertainment activities — in this case, camel rides. According to Legistorm, the group spent more than $84,000 for the trip.
So far the office of Swalwell has yet to respond to the photo surfacing.
You can watch Carlson’s full segment on the embarrassing picture below:
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