Swalwell tweets about Trump more than any other 2020 candidate: analysis

Swalwell tweets about Trump more than any other 2020 candidate: analysis
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Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellGOP struggles to rein in nativism Personal security costs for anti-Trump lawmakers spiked post-riot Trump knocks CNN for 'completely false' report Gaetz was denied meeting MORE (D-Calif.) is topping his Democratic presidential primary rivals in at least one category: tweeting about President TrumpDonald TrumpSt. Louis lawyer who pointed gun at Black Lives Matter protesters considering Senate run Chauvin found guilty as nation exhales US says Iran negotiations are 'positive' MORE.

A new analysis published Thursday found that the San Francisco Bay Area congressman has tweeted about the president by name more than any other 2020 candidate has so far this year, mentioning Trump in nearly one-quarter of his tweets.

Swalwell has led the crowded Democratic primary field in both percentage and number of Trump mentions on Twitter in 2019, according to the Bay Area News Group analysis


The word "Trump" or the @realDonaldTrump Twitter handle was used in 23 percent of Swalwell's tweets. He was trailed by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNewsmax host: Jury decided to 'sacrifice' Chauvin to the mob Lawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' Senate confirms SEC chief Gensler to full five-year term MORE (I-Vt.), who mentioned the president in 16 percent of his tweets. Trump was mentioned least by South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden dispatches Cabinet members to sell infrastructure plan Watch live: Biden Cabinet officials testify on infrastructure plan Biden looks to bolster long-term research and development MORE (D), who named him in less than 1 percent of his tweets. 

Swalwell mentioned Trump 286 times and used his Twitter handle 114 times.  

Swalwell told The Mercury News that the “the prosecutor in me” makes him shame the president. 

The analysis used tweets from the presidential hopefuls' campaign accounts in the first five months of this year. It did not include retweets or tweets where the candidates referred to “the president” or “this president” without using his name or Twitter handle. 

Trump is known for using his Twitter account to jab his political opponents with nicknames and personal attacks. But he has largely avoided tweets about most of the 2020 candidates, the exception being former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden overruled Blinken, top officials on initial refugee cap decision: report Suicide bombing hits Afghan security forces Jim Jordan, Val Demings get in shouting match about police during hearing MORE, the group's front-runner.