Swalwell Advocates More Attention on White Nationalism

House Rep. Eric Swalwell called on the Department of Justice to establish a white nationalism task force. The comments by the Democrat from California came during an interview with Katy Tur on MSNBC on Monday.

Swalwell’s Justification

Swalwell said that the task force was needed so that law enforcement can understand how and why so many people are being radicalized at such early ages. Swalwell claimed that there are training camps that work to initiate these people. During the interview, he specifically called out the Oath Keepers for working in the same way that an international terrorist group would do to recruit and train members.


Swalwell said that it was necessary to find these nationalist groups and bring them to justice so that they cannot continue their efforts.

Reason for Renewed Attention

There has been a renewed attention on the problem of white nationalism in recent weeks. This is primarily an effect of the chilling details being revealed about the January 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol building.

As a result of the insurrection, Congress is looking to launch an official nonpartisan investigation into the events of the day, similar to the 9/11 Commission. Swalwell supports this idea, saying that he wants to leave Congress out of the investigation. Instead, he believes the commission should consist of scholars and experts who can advise on how to defeat this growing problem.


Swalwell has emerged as one of the young leaders of the Democratic Party, despite his failed campaign in the 2020 presidential election.