Conan O’Brien jokes about Eric Swalwell dropping out of presidential race, and Swalwell responds

Comedian and late night talk show host Conan O’Brien joked about having an existential crisis since East Bay congressman Eric Swalwell dropped out of the presidential race. And, of course, Swalwell responded.

“Ever since Eric Swalwell dropped out of the presidential race, my life has had no meaning,” O’Brien tweeted on Friday evening.

Swalwell, who represents California’s 15th district in Congress, dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination for president on July 8. He made some national headlines after his participation in the first Democratic debate, but was polling at around 1 percent days after his brief brush with the national limelight.

Many people who commented on the news of his pulling out of the race remarked how he wasn’t one of the more relevant candidates.

O’Brien’s joke, taken sarcastically, ran along the same lines. But there’s a (distant) possibility that the comedian was earnestly grieving the loss of a fellow redhead as a potential future president.

A day after O’Brien’s joke, Swalwell responded by encouraging him to gather himself, and he roped in Elizabeth Warren, the U.S. Senator from Massachusetts who’s still in the presidential race.

“Get a hold of yourself, @ConanOBrien. Besides, @ewarren has a plan for that. Senator?” he wrote.

Then, in an added twist, Warren actually responded.

“I sure do! Conan, DM me and we’ll get it sorted out,” she said.

O’Brien lives in Los Angeles, where he films his show for TBS, but is originally from Warren’s Massachusetts.

Drew Costley is an SFGATE editorial assistant. Email: drew.costley@sfgate.com | Twitter: @drewcostley

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