It’s not often we tip our hat to pundits and political reporters in the mainstream media, but we’ve got to give PBS host Margaret Hoover a well-deserved pat on the back. She took Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) to the woodshed and back on Friday’s episode of “Firing Line.”
Granted, Hoover has a conservative background, is hosting a show famously launched by conservative icon William F. Buckley, and has worked with everyone from Fox News to the Bush administration. But that doesn’t mean she’s a Trump supporter by any means. She’s a gay rights activist and an avowed feminist, which may not be enough to make her the next darling of MSNBC, but is enough to tell you that she’s got some nuanced political views.
In any event, she did herself and her network proud with this Swalwell interview, in which she made the California Democrat look like an absolute fool.
“At what point do you draw the line and not accuse the President of the United States, without any evidence, of being an agent of Russia?” Hoover asked, quite reasonably.
“Yeah,” Swalwell said. “He’s betrayed our country, and I don’t say that lightly.”
“But betraying the country — by the way, we want evidence before you say that, but you said an agent of Russia,” Hoover noted.
“Yeah, he works on their behalf.”
Swalwell listed some weak examples of reasons why Trump is working for Russia, but Hoover stopped him in his tracks by pointing out that the president had passed sanctions against Moscow, given arms to the Ukrainians, and had “killed 200 Russians in Syria.”
Swalwell continued to argue, but Hoover finally said: “I’m still not hearing the evidence that he’s an agent of Russia.”
Instead of admitting he’d been defeated…instead of simply withdrawing the asinine claim that Trump is an agent of Russia…Swalwell basically took the “well, if you can’t see it, I can’t help you” line of argument – the sure sign of a loser.
“I think it’s pretty clear,” Swalwell said. “It’s almost hiding in plain sight.”
Uh-huh. Just like your manifest unfitness for office.