Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell suffered a roasting on Twitter after he asked about the size of a Republican colleague’s gun.
The backlash came after Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Georgia, shared a video on social media holding a pin of a miniature rifle in his congressional office.
“Why is it so small?” Swalwell, D-Calif., asked in response to the Twitter video.
But Swalwell’s snarky response backfired as several responses highlighted Swalwell’s prior relationship with suspected Chinese intelligence spy Christine Fang.
“Is what Fang Fang told you…” responded conservative comedian Tim Young.
“That’s what she said (Fang Fang that is),” former U.S. House candidate Josh Barnett wrote.
Swalwell’s connection to “Fang Fang” prompted comments about the suspected Chinese spy balloon hovering over Montana on Thursday.
“Let’s cut the political theatrics for a moment, can you phone Fang Fang and ask what’s the deal with this balloon!” responded former congressional candidate John Matland.
Clyde said in the video that the firearm was a pin and would continue giving them out despite the alleged backlash.
“I hear that this little pin I have been giving out on the House floor has been triggering some of my Democrat colleagues. Well, I give it out to remind people of the Second Amendment of the Constitution and how important it is to preserving our liberties,” Clyde said in the video.
He added: “If I missed you on the House floor, please stop by my office in the Canon building. I have plenty more to give out.”
Swalwell has been in hot water since House Speaker Kevin McCarthy kicked him off the House Intelligence Committee.
Swalwell claimed McCarthy’s decision was “political vengeance.”
McCarthy responded, saying, “Swalwell can’t get a security clearance in the private sector. I’m not going to give him a government security clearance.”