Swalwell blasts Trump for holding rally during Hurricane Michael: ‘NOPE NOPE NOPE’
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Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellMartha McSally fundraises off 'liberal hack' remark to CNN reporter Enes Kanter sees political stardom — after NBA and WWE Swalwell pens op-ed comparing Trump impeachment to XYZ Affair MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE for defending the president's decision to hold a campaign rally in Pennsylvania while Hurricane Michael was battering the Florida panhandle.

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"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 ObamaNew Hampshire Rep. Kuster endorses Buttigieg Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall Ray LaHood backs Biden for president MORE "a laughing stock to the entire world."