- The Washington Times - Friday, May 10, 2019

The USS Arizona Memorial slammed Rep. Eric Swalwell on Thursday for displaying a “lack of sensitivity” after the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful compared Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. election to Pearl Harbor.

“We are dismayed at the lack sensitivity to those lives lost on December 7, 1941 by a candidate for President,” the USS Arizona tweet read, The Daily Caller first reported. “These attacks that caused thousands of deaths have no place in this type of political discourse.”

Mr. Swalwell drew backlash Wednesday after he compared Russia’s election meddling to the attacks on Pearl Harbor and the World Trade Center.

“Remember that time Pearl Harbor was bombed and FDR called the Emperor of Japan?” he tweeted. “Or the time the Twin Towers were struck and Bush ringed Osama Bin Laden? No? I don’t either. So why’d @realDonaldTrump call Putin after the Mueller Report was released? #CommanderInCheat.”

In another tweet, Mr. Swalwell said the Trump administration had a duty to protect the country from a “foreign attack.”

“The most basic function of a government is to protect its people from a foreign attack,” he wrote. “We were attacked in 2016. If the President and Attorney General aren’t willing to protect us, we will do the work ourselves.”

Mr. Swalwell was referring to President Trump’s phone conversation last week with Russian President Vladimir Putin about a variety of issues, including the crisis in Venezuela and the Mueller Report.

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