While trying to make a point about women's rights on Twitter, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) showed an apparent lack of familiarity with the Constitution.
Swalwell, who is among the nearly two dozen Democrats running for president, was tweeting in support of the Equal Rights Amendment when he made the gaffe.
Do you know how many times the word "Woman" is mentioned in the Constitution? Zero. That is unacceptable. Women… https://t.co/n7YSfpaAqb— Eric Swalwell (@Eric Swalwell)1556676540.0
"Do you know how many times the word 'Woman' is mentioned in the Constitution? Zero," Swalwell wrote. "That is unacceptable. Women must be equally represented and equally protected."
Gender equality is a serious issue. However, the text of the Constitution was not the place to make this particular point, considering neither the word "woman" nor the word "man" are mentioned in the document—a fact that numerous Twitter users kindly informed the congressman about.
"There's dumb and then there's 'can't read or use CTRL+F before tweeting' dumb," replied Sean Davis of The Federalist.
The Equal Rights Amendment, which advocates have been attempting to get ratified by the states for decades, is back in the news after the first congressional hearing on the subject in 36 years.
The amendment fell three states short of ratification in 1972 when it was passed by Congress. Since then, two other states have ratified it, but the deadline for ratification passed in 1982. Some Democrats want the time limit removed so that once the amendment is ratified by a 38th state it can be added to the Constitution.
"We stand on the right side of history, we must persist in the name of all that is good," said Nevada state Sen. Pat Spearman (D). "The road is long and it has been full of twists and turns, but we must continue to get the Equal Rights Amendment as part of our Constitution."
The most recent iteration of the ERA reads, "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex."
(H/T The Daily Wire)