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Congressman Deletes Tweet Mocking Threat to Sen. Collins – After Rebuke from CNN’s Tapper

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | September 20, 2018 | 5:49 PM EDT

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) (Screenshot)

Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) apologized for tweeting “Boo hoo hoo” in response to threats made against female Republican Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) – but, only after CNN Anchor Jake Tapper chastised the congressman.

On Thursday, Rep. Swalwell posted the callous tweet in response to a post by Collins revealing that she’d been subjected to threats over her call for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual assault accuser to testify.

CNN’s Tapper replied to Swalwell’s post with a tweet suggesting that “all such threats are bad and should be taken seriously and not mocked.”

Replying to Tapper, the congressman apologized and deleted his offensive tweet:

“Sexual assault victims deserve respect. And senators shouldn’t be threatened by the public. I said something stupid and minimized ugly behavior. That tweet is deleted and I’m sorry for that.”

“Yes. No one should make threats. This is a democracy: Be loud and be heard. We don’t use violence. I didn’t mean to suggest that. But I’m pissed how this victim’s safety has been ignored and a rush to confirm has been prioritized. Why not offer the witness security?”

However, on Wednesday, Sen. Collins did, in fact, publicly offer the witness, Christine Blasey Ford, “any protection that she may ask for.”


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