Beto O’Rourke Doesn’t Hold Back When Asked What Trump Can Do After El Paso Shooting

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Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke hasn’t been shy to criticize President Donald Trump after a mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso, Texas left 20 dead. The Democratic presidential candidate has tied the shooting and the white nationalist, anti-immigrant rhetoric espoused by the alleged perpetrator directly to the president’s own words.

O’Rourke, back in El Paso after clearing his presidential campaign schedule shortly after news broke of the shooting on Saturday, appeared frustrated when asked by a reporter if there’s anything President Donald Trump can do now “to make any of this better.”

Audio of the exchange was captured by CNN’s Eric Bradner, depicting an exasperated O’Rourke unleashing his anger with the question.

“What do you think?” the former congressman fired back. “You know the shit he’s been saying.”

“He’s been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. I don’t know, like, members of the press, what the fuck?”

O’Rourke pointed directly to the president’s own rhetoric on immigration, arguing Trump is “inciting violence” in America through his words:

“It’s these questions that you know the answers to. I mean, connect the dots about what he’s been doing in this country. He’s not tolerating racism; he’s promoting racism. He’s not tolerating violence; he’s inciting racism and violence in this country.”

Watch the video below, via Sky News:

“I just — I don’t know what kind of question that is,” he added at the end of his response.

O’Rourke shared the transcript of his remarks on Twitter late Sunday, reiterating his belief that the president is inciting violence and racism in the country.

“We shouldn’t be asking if there’s anything he can do or if he’s responsible for this when we know the answer,” O’Rourke wrote. “I stand by what I said.”

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WellHungChad
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Beta (Robert Francis) O’Rourke stands by his comments like he stood by his intoxicated hit and run. Or perhaps how he stood by his county judge uncle who had a bag of cocaine hidden in his car and told the officer who found it to, “make it disappear”. Yeah, the spoiled brat of a family who runs El Paso will stand by to spout platitudes, but when it comes to standing in the way of danger, he can be reached at the confines of his gated community. “Please leave a message…”

Phoenix
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Yuck… ok so Beto is an option if we want more of president Trump’s inability to properly communicate as an adult then broadcasting that fact on twitter – all just with a full swing and just shy of crazed.

Seriously – does he really think this is what leadership looks like?

Morte206
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So what are you going to do Beta?

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