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There are a lot of different ways to sell out to China. If you’re an unscrupulous finance mogul in New York, you can prop up the Chinese economy with billions in investment. Wall Street has done that for decades.
If you’re an elected official in Washington with a flair for demagoguery you can do your part pretend that the real threat to America isn’t the rise of Chinese power and ambition. No, no, no. The real threat is that dastardly Vladimir Putin and his team of secret agents and network of Macedonian troll farms. Just go on TV a lot and say that. Maybe people will believe you.
The question is: what if you don’t have the money or the rhetorical skills to do either one of those things? But you still want to help. What if you’re a not-very-bright third-string Democratic congressman from the East Bay? How do you do your part for Xi Jinping? Well, you just find a Chinese spy and then have sex with her. Repeatedly.
That’s what Eric Swalwell did. We won’t get into the details of the relationship, because this is a family show, and honestly it’s pretty creepy.