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 SwalwellJuan Williams: Defeated Trump is in legal peril Taylor Swift allows song to be used in campaign ad Graham says SC people of color can go anywhere in the state but 'need to be conservative, not liberal' 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 TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE, including his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.Don John TrumpMost Republicans in new poll say they'd vote for Trump in 2024 President says Trump Jr. doing 'very well' after COVID-19 diagnosis Trump has not prepared a concession speech: report 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.