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Eric Swalwell accused of sexism over this alarming response to challenge from Dana Loesch

'...you'll debate a man but not me, a woman, got it.'

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Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), who is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on a gun control platform, was widely denounced Friday after attacking conservative commentator Dana Loesch with what was characterized as an incredibly sexist message.

What happened?

The incident began after Loesch on Tuesday noted that Swalwell has dodged questions regarding previous statements he made about gun control in which he advocated for firearm confiscation and jail time for legal gun owners who refuse to give up their firearms.

In response, Swalwell said he does not "aim down," and therefore, would not debate Loesch or answer her questions. Instead, the California Democrat said he would only discuss gun-related issues with National Rifle Association president Oliver North.

How did Loesch respond?

Loesch highlighted the sexist undertones of Swalwell's message — then said she is Swalwell's "Huckleberry." The implication, of course, is that Swalwell is afraid to debate Loesch because he will lose.

Swalwell did not respond to Loesch's last message.

What was the general reaction to Swalwell's message?

It was not just Loesch who found Swalwell's message — that he will not debate Loesch, but will debate North — demeaning and sexist. In fact, Swalwell was widely denounced and rebuked for his sexist implication.

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