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 SwalwellSwalwell: Barr has taken Michael Cohen's job as Trump's fixer The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Chris Christie says Trump team wasn't aggressive enough early in COVID-19 crisis; Tensions between White House, Fauci boil over Trump administration moves to formally withdraw US from WHO 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 TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE, including his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.Don John TrumpTwitter limits Donald Trump Jr.'s account after sharing coronavirus disinformation South Dakota governor flew with Trump on Air Force One after being exposed to coronavirus: report Gianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle 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.