O’Rourke Claims America Was ‘Founded on White Supremacy’ at Immigrant Roundtable

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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.

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.

What do you think?

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Otis
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O’Dork may as well spout all the lunacy he can muster because his political career is tanking.

Screwtape
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Matt Wolking asks a valid question. If so many of the candidates believe in Blame America First and it’s such a terrible place with terrible people then why ARE any of them running for President?

Steven
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Is his new campaign slogan, “Vote for me!! I am an ass!!”?

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