Left-wing U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell just offered an example of how tough it is for liberals to balance wokeness.
The California Democrat issued a tweet on Saturday heralding Qatar for hosting the World Cup.
“As a congressman to one of the largest Muslim-American constituencies in the country, it’s with immense pride that we watch the first Arab-hosted #WorldCup. The play on the pitch has been phenomenal — but it’s been matched by Qatar’s showcasing of the region’s religion & culture,” Swalwell said on Twitter.
Yet Swalwell, whose district abuts San Francisco, apparently did not understand who he was talking about, despite sitting on the House Intelligence Committee, at least until presumed Republican Speaker Kevin McCarthy takes over in January.
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Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and could land someone in prison for up to three years.
Human Rights Watch issued a report in October that noted the country’s security forces “have arbitrarily arrested lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and subjected them to ill-treatment in detention.” That “ill-treatment” included cases of “severe and repeated beatings.”
Meanwhile, Amnesty International noted in a report just before the World Cup that migrants from Bangladesh, India, and Nepal working at Khalifa Stadium were being “exploited.”
“Some are being subjected to forced labour. They can’t change jobs, they can’t leave the country and they often wait months to get paid,” the report said. One worker told the group his life on the job was “like a prison.”
So, in other words, Swalwell, a liberal from California, in the name of “diversity,” stood up for a regime that routinely commits human rights abuses against homosexuals and migrants — two of his key constituencies.
On Twitter, some did not let Swalwell forget this.
Christina Pushaw, the spokeswoman for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ campaign, tweeted, “1. Not all Muslims are Arab, and not all Arabs are Muslim. Weird to use these terms interchangeably. 2. Ironic that you’d use the word ‘pride’ in this context.”
Curtis Houck of the conservative Media Research Center, added, “Slave labor and criminalizes homosexuality, but whatever.”
Conservative columnist Stephen L. Miller noted that Swalwell was a “Big fan of multiple countries with forced slave labor.” That referred to Qatar and China, one of whose spies was once involved in a romantic relationship with Swalwell.