Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) told a group of immigrants who chose to leave their home country to come to America that the U.S. was “founded on white supremacy.”
O’Rourke, who has been somewhat unsuccessfully running for president, joined a group of immigrants in Tennessee to talk about what an awful country they picked to move to. During his sit down, he told the group of immigrants that the United States was “founded on white supremacy” and that supremacy still thrives in the country today.
The former congressman’s comments were featured on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Watch O’Rourke’s comments:
“This country was founded on white supremacy. And every single institution and structure that we have in our country still reflects that legacy of slavery, and segregation, and Jim Crow, and suppression — even in our democracy.”
A lot of people found O’Rourke’s comments to be appalling. Several people took to Twitter to question the candidate’s remarks about the country he hopes to lead.
Beto O’Rourke yesterday said that America was founded upon white supremacy and that every institution in our democracy still reflects that supremacy today.
Every Democrat candidate for President should be asked if they agree with Beto. Right now. https://t.co/3EaKwMZmVv
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 10, 2019
pretty sad imo that Beto O'Rourke never once spoke out about how America was founded on white supremacy when he served in a purple Congressional district, why was he so complicit?
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) July 10, 2019
Why does Robert Francis O’Rourke want to be president of a country he believes “was founded on white supremacy”?
Maybe he should campaign more in Mexico. He has a better chance of being elected there. https://t.co/oFWTZVkX90
— Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) July 9, 2019
This is not the first time that O’Rourke has claimed that systemic evils, like racism, have corrupted democracy in present-day America. He has claimed that 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D-Ga.) had the election stolen from her because of voter ID laws. He claimed the election was rigged by her opponent Brian Kemp, who was serving as Georgia’s secretary of state during the election.
O’Rourke claimed that Kemp put “together a system of voter suppression that is unparalleled in America.”
While the former congressman may think Georgia’s voter ID laws passed by a democratically elected state legislature equates to “unparalleled” suppression, voter ID laws are nowhere near parallel to the Jim Crow laws he referenced in his comments this week.
It seems as though O’Rourke is confusing America’s past and present, making it unclear why he would want to lead a country he views in such dark light.