Swalwell blasts Trump for holding rally during Hurricane Michael: ‘NOPE NOPE NOPE’
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Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellLive coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay Lawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Trump: Fox News 'panders' to Democrats by having on liberal guests MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE for defending the president's decision to hold a campaign rally in Pennsylvania while Hurricane Michael was battering the Florida panhandle.


"Foolishly, I give Trump benefit of the doubt, assuming he's talking about the #HurricaneMichael victims who need help," the California Congressman tweeted.

"NOPE NOPE NOPE. He's justifying why he went to a rally rather than help victims."

Trump appeared on Fox & Friends on Thursday morning and addressed the "heat" he got for attending a rally in Pennsylvania while the hurricane hammered the Southeast.

"When I explained it there was no heat ... other than the natural haters," he said.

"We had thousands of people lined up by the time I had to make a decision ... Do I want to tell people that were waiting 10 or 12 hours already that I'm not coming?"

Swalwell, who has not ruled out a bid for the White House in 2020, is a frequent critic of the president.

After United Nations members last month laughed at Trump comments before the general assembly, Swalwell unearthed a tweet of the president calling Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaModerate or left of center — which is better for Democrats in 2020? Obama: Countries facing severe effects of climate change offer 'moral call to rest of the world' Democrats' self-inflicted diversity vulnerability MORE "a laughing stock to the entire world."