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Swalwell mocks Trump, Johnson talk of election integrity: ‘Absurd’

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) called a joint news conference on “election integrity” by former President Donald Trump and Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) absurd Friday, given the accusations Trump faces for 2020 election interference.

“I mean, it’s so rich that Donald Trump and Mike Johnson are talking to us about election integrity. It’s like having to listen to a Bonnie and Clyde lecture on banking security. I mean, it’s absurd considering what they did in the 2020 election to try to overthrow them,” Swalwell said during an appearance on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”

At Friday’s news conference at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago resort, Johnson touted legislation that would prevent noncitizens from voting illegally.

The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Accountability Act of 1996 already prohibits foreign nationals from voting in any federal election. Some jurisdictions, however, allow non-citizens to vote in local elections such as municipal and school elections.

“They’re going after something that’s already illegal and, by the way, that’s not a thing,” Swalwell told Cooper, referring to the legislation mentioned during the press conference.

The joint appearance comes as Johnson faces retaliation from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who wants him to resign as speaker, arguing that Johnson is no longer fit to serve. Former President Trump used the press conference to lend his support to the president, saying Johnson was “doing a very good job under very difficult circumstances.”

Trump’s support for Johnson could help him maintain his grip on the gavel, Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) told reporters Thursday.

“If Trump came out and gave him his full support, yes, that would help,” said Norman, a member of the House Freedom Caucus.

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