‘Pop-pop-pop’: Rep. Swalwell shares chilling death threat voicemail

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., shared on Twitter Wednesday a chilling voicemail he says he recently received from a man who threatened to kill the California Democrat.

“Eric Swalwell, here’s a little ditty for ya: pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop — 30-round clip, you’re all gonna drop,” an unidentified man says. “I don’t give a f*** anymore. You motherf***er think you got some new young motherf***ers going to take over and f*** the Constitution? F*** you.

“You want to go to war motherf***er? We’re going to war,” the man continues. “And you’re gonna be the first motherf***ing casualty! F*** you!”

It’s unclear when or where the voicemail was received, or whether it was reported to authorities. A representative for the congressman did not immediately return a request for comment.

Swalwell is expected to launch a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination next week. According to the Atlantic, Swalwell plans to run on gun control.

“I’m not afraid of this guy,” Swalwell wrote in his tweet sharing the voicemail. “I’m not afraid of the NRA. I’m not afraid. No fear. #EndGunViolence.”

The 38-year-old congressman, who is a member the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, was among the lawmakers who led the charge to recently pass legislation expanding background checks.

In February, Swalwell reintroduced a bill to help protect domestic violence victims from guns.

And he is vowing to do more.

“We must ban and buy back assault weapons next,” Swalwell said in his Twitter message.

Ahead of a formal announcement announcing his 2020 plans, on Monday Swalwell is scheduled to host a town hall in Coral Springs, Fla., with Cameron Kasky, a survivor of last year’s’ deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and one of the organizers of March for Our Lives.

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UNITED STATES - MAY 23: Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., is pictured at a democratic congressional baseball practice in Northeast. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 8: Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., warms up before the official start of the 2nd Annual Capital Soccer Classic. (Warren Rojas/CQ-Roll Call, Inc.)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Eric Swalwell, Schuyler Hudak, Danielle Bersen and Joe Meehan attend Maybach Icons Of Luxury - Quincy Jones Icon Collection on November 22, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Maybach)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 11: Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., speaks with Roll Call in his Capitol Hill office on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 16: Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., walks on Broadway after a Future Forum with young entrepreneurs in the Flatiron District of New York City, April 16, 2015. Reps. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and Grace Meng, D-N.Y., also attended.(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 16: Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., center, along with Reps. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., left, and Seth Moulton, D-Mass., talk with young entrepreneurs during a Future Forum event at District Coworks in the Flatiron District of New York City, April 16, 2015. Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., also attended. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 11: Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., waves to the crowd during the 54th Congressional Baseball Game in Nationals Park, June 11, 2014. The Democrats prevailed over the Republicans 5-2. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 23: Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., left, and Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., talk as they walk down the House steps following a vote in the Capitol on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 09: Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) speaks during a news conference to call for an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election at the U.S. Capitol January 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. Accusations of Russian computer hacks of Democratic National Committee servers and emails have lead to calls for an investigation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 24: (L to R) House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Eric Swalwell hold a news conference in the House Visitors Center, March 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. In a big setback to the agenda of President Donald Trump and the Speaker, Ryan cancelled a vote for the American Health Care Act, the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also called 'Obamacare.' (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

“Let’s end gun violence together so that nothing like this ever happens again,” Swalwell wrote in an invite for the event. Join me for a town hall, as we unite to make tragedies of everyday gun violence obsolete. I want to hear from YOU.”


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