Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) wants your vote in the 2020 presidential election, but he may first want to brush up on the Constitution. In his own way of trying to stand up for women's rights (or to just court the woman vote?), he tweeted the following observation.
Do you know how many times the word "Woman" is mentioned in the Constitution?— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) May 1, 2019
That is unacceptable. Women must be equally represented and equally protected. #ERANow
Other social media users, who didn't pretend to be constitutional scholars, were quick to note that the word "man" is mysteriously absent from the document too.
Do you know how many times the word "Man" is mentioned in the Constitution?— jon gabriel (@exjon) May 1, 2019
“Man” isn’t in the Constitution either.— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) May 1, 2019
Do you know how many time the word "Man" is mentioned in the Constitution?— S.LaChance (@SDavidLachance) May 1, 2019
You should try reading the document you swore to uphold before engaging in mindless and divisive virtue signaling.
Still, actress Patricia Arquette shared similar sentiments on the Hill Wednesday, when speaking on behalf of the Equal Rights Amendment.
"Women have waited 232 years to be enshrined as full and equal citizens. Why? Because in 1787 women were left out of the Constitution intentionally."— The Hill (@thehill) May 1, 2019
Patricia Arquette speaks in front of a House committee during a hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment. pic.twitter.com/RUNe1JgU5V
Congress passed the ERA in 1972, but it was never ratified. Wednesday marked the first congressional hearing on the legislation in 36 years. Democrats want it to become law, but conservatives who have voted against the measure say those equal gender rights already exist in 14th Amendment's equal protection clause.
“I voted against this ERA because I think it’s simply not needed,” Virginia legislator Margaret Ransone explained in January. "Never let anyone tell you you need anything other than a strong work ethic to be successful in life."
Recent 2020 polling has Swalwell teetering near the bottom of the group. But, because he garnered at least one percent support, he's qualified for the first two DNC primary debates. Golf clap.