Swalwell Offers Bet To Cruz On NFL Playoff Game. Cruz’s Response Is Classic.

When California Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell — who once accused Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz of “defending Nazis” — challenged Cruz with a bet on the upcoming playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers, Cruz fired back a stinging response.

The Cowboys and 49ers face off in the NFC Divisional Round on Sunday, the ninth time the two teams have met each other in playoffs.

“I will make this open bet to @tedcruz — if the @dallascowboys beat the @49ers I won’t tweet for the rest of January. If the @49ers win you can’t tweet for rest of January. How Texan are you, Ted? Deal?” Swalwell tweeted.

I will make this open bet to @tedcruz — if the @dallascowboys beat the @49ers I won’t tweet for the rest of January. If the @49ers win you can’t tweet for rest of January. How Texan are you, Ted? Deal?

— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) January 17, 2023

Cruz had a ready response referencing Swalwell’s infamous association with a Chinese spy, replying, “How about we bet a Chinese dinner instead?”

How about we bet a Chinese dinner instead? https://t.co/7sSk1jwiGl

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 17, 2023

In October 2021, Swalwell took a swipe at Cruz, saying that Cruz was “defending Nazis”  after Cruz referenced a parent who gestured with a Nazi salute at a school board meeting in order to point out that the incidents in the NSBA letter that seemingly precipitated Attorney General Merrick Garland’s memo targeting parents at school board meetings were largely non-violent incidents.

Cruz fired back, “You are frequently a liar (when you’re not sleeping with Chinese spies).”

He added, “But here, you’re [sic] lie is exactly 180 degrees false. I was defending the right of citizens to denounce authoritarian policies. In other words, to OPPOSE Nazis (or petty tyrants), not to support them.”

You are frequently a liar (when you’re not sleeping with Chinese spies).

But here, you’re lie is exactly 180 degrees false. I was defending the right of citizens to denounce authoritarian policies. In other words, to OPPOSE Nazis (or petty tyrants), not to support them. https://t.co/EghsxDaWBo

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 27, 2021

The exchange that prompted Swalwell’s attempt at smearing Cruz involved Cruz questioning Garland.

Cruz asked Garland, “Let me ask you something, [Attorney] General Garland: In the letter, which you told the House of Representatives was the basis for this abusive memo targeting parents, how many incidents are cited in that memo?”

“I have to look back through the memo,” Garland answered.

“You don’t know. How many of them were violent?” Cruz asked.

“Again, the general report—” Garland began.

“How many of them were violent?” Cruz persisted.

“I don’t know,” Garland admitted.

Cruz asserted, “You don’t know. And there’s a reason you don’t know. Because you didn’t care and nobody in your office cared to find out. I did a quick count just sitting here during this hearing; I counted 20 incidents cited. Of the 20, 15 on their face are non-violent. They involve things like insults; they involve a Nazi salute. That’s one of the examples. My God, a parent did a Nazi salute at a school board because he thought the policies were oppressive. General Garland, is doing a Nazi salute at an elected official, is that protected by the First Amendment?”

Garland replied, “Yes, it is.”

That was not the first time Cruz has blistered Swalwell for his past actions vis-à-vis China; in December 2020, Cruz issued a tweet targeting Swalwell, who had denounced President Trump as an agent of Russia but then was revealed to have gotten so “close” with a Communist Chinese spy that the FBI felt compelled to intervene. Cruz tweeted, “More than once, I’ve said ‘screw the Chinese communists.’ Little did I know how closely Swalwell was listening.”

As The Daily Wire reported, a suspected Chinese spy operating in the Bay Area during the Obama administration reportedly got so close to Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) that the FBI had to intervene and provide him with a defensive briefing. Alleged Chinese spy Christine Fang’s ties to Swalwell began when he was a councilmember for Dublin City, California, which is part of China’s long-term strategy of getting in with people before they make it big on the national stage. Fang met Swalwell through a Chinese student organization and by 2014 had quickly “developed close ties to Swalwell’s office” and was a “bundler” for him — meaning that she helped him bring in big donors.

Axios reported that federal investigators were alarmed by Fang’s behavior and activities and, in 2015, they shared their concerns with the congressmen in a defensive briefing. After the briefing, Swalwell cut off all ties to Fang, according to a current U.S. intelligence official.

Related: Swalwell Says Cruz Defends Nazis. Cruz Fires, ‘You Are Frequently A Liar (When You’re Not Sleeping With Chinese Spies)’

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