Beto O’Rourke seems to be preparing for a presidential run in 2020 by meeting with U.S. leaders.
However, O’Rourke has agreed to meet with controversial Democratic leader Al Sharpton, who has been accused of racism and anti-semitism. According to a spokesperson for Sharpton, they recently met and agreed to have another meeting soon.
“They spoke and agreed to meet within the next couple of weeks and they had a great conversation,” said the spokesperson to Buzzfeed News.
After his loss to Ted Cruz, O’Rourke walked back on his claims that he was not thinking about running for president in 2020, saying that he would not rule anything out now.
“Running for Senate, I was 100% focused on our campaign, winning that race, and then serving the next six years in the United States Senate,” O’Rourke said. “That was 100% of our focus. Now that that is no longer possible, you know, we’re thinking through a number of things. Amy and I made a decision not to rule anything out.”
Although he has met with other Democratic leaders, it is uncertain why he chose to reach out to such a controversial figure. Sharpton has been known for his divisive rhetoric toward Jews over the years, with one example claiming superiority due to past history.
“White folks was in the caves while we (blacks) was building empires. … We built pyramids before Donald Trump ever knew what architecture was. … We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it … So (if) some cracker come and tell you ‘Well, my mother and father blood go back to the Mayflower,’ you better hold your pocket. That ain’t nothing to be proud of. That means their forefathers was crooks … If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.”
Sharpton has also been tied to a false rape case and has been accused of trying to incite division between races instead of unity. It is uncertain how closely O’Rourke plans to align himself with Sharpton if he decides to run.