On Sunday, former congressman and current 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke appeared on a bevy of morning shows to speak about the horrific shooting that took place in El Paso on Saturday.
During his appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” he partially blamed President Trump’s “anti-immigrant rhetoric” for the attack, and compared such language to what one might hear from “the Third Reich.” . . .
After a lengthy pause, O’Rourke replied:
I don’t know the point that you’re trying to make here, Jake, but it’s pretty obvious to me and anyone who’s listened to the President and will look at the facts that his anti-immigrant rhetoric – not just the things that I cited, but calling asylum-seekers “animals” or an “infestation.” Now, you might describe a cockroach or termites as an infestation – something less than human. You might hear someone in the Third Reich describe a given people based on their characteristic as an infestation or subhuman, but that’s what the President of the United States is doing right now, and it’s not just with Mexican immigrants, conflating congresswoman Ilhan Omar with the terrorists from 9/11, encouraging that chanting in North Carolina of “send her back.”
Let’s not mince words right now. This president is encouraging greater racism, and not just the racist rhetoric, but the violence that so often follows. This shooter in the manifesto cites, in part, for his inspiration the shooter in Christchurch, New Zealand, who cites Donald Trump as his inspiration. This anti-immigrant rhetoric – and again, it is not just President Trump, but he’s certainly, as the person in the position of greatest public trust [in] power, most responsible for it. This is Fox News; this is what we’re seeing on the internet; this is the the toleration of intolerance and hatred and racism in this country; this is what is causing what we are seeing here today, and it will continue to happen unless we call it out and unless we change it.
.@BetoORourke has been making the rounds blaming Trump for inciting the #ElPasoShooting. When confronted with the alleged shooter's manifesto stating he held racist beliefs prior to Trump's presidency, there's a noticeable silence before O'Rourke continues blaming the president. pic.twitter.com/cHUoWMkNez
— Molly Prince (@mollyfprince) August 4, 2019
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