Swalwell: I may be 'another white guy' but 'I know when to pass the mic'

Swalwell: I may be 'another white guy' but 'I know when to pass the mic'
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Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellChris Wallace: 'Just insane' Swalwell is talking impeaching Trump again McCarthy says Trump did not interfere in Roger Stone case House intelligence briefing on worldwide threat assessment delayed MORE (D-Calif.) explained that, as a white man, he knows when to promote other people's voices when asked in an interview why he should be the Democratic Party's nominee for president in 2020.

The California congressman told Vice News that he understood that he had gaps in his knowledge of racial issues in America and would seek advice from people of color on such issues if elected.


"A white guy who doesn't see other identities or understand other experiences should not be president," he says in the interview.

"I do," Swalwell continued. "And where there would be gaps in my knowledge or my experience, I will pass the mic to people who do have that experience."

Swalwell echoed those comments on Twitter, writing, "I may be 'another white guy,' but I know where there are gaps in my knowledge or my experience and I know when to pass the mic." A video of the interview accompanied the tweet.

The comments were mocked by supporters of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE, including his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr., Meadows wear matching Trump jackets on 'Fox & Friends' Group auctioning off hunting trip with Donald Trump Jr. Trump allies to barnstorm Iowa for caucuses MORE, who retweeted Swalwell's message while adding, "Hard to believe that this isn’t a parody account."

Swalwell announced his candidacy for president last month and is polling near the bottom of the crowded Democratic primary field, which has swelled to more than 20 candidates.