O’Rourke has been one of Trump’s most vocal critics following the horrific shooting in his hometown of El Paso, Texas where a white supremacist gunman opened fire in a Walmart.
Throughout the week, O’Rourke has placed blame on President Trump for the increase in “white supremacist rhetoric” in the United States.
During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the 2020 candidate was asked by host Jake Tapper whether he believed all of the people that support President Trump also support his alleged racism.
“You said to me last week that you thought President Trump was a white nationalist,” Tapper asked. “I just wonder, sir, President Trump won your home state of Texas by nine points — almost 63 million Americans voted for him — do you think it’s racist to vote for President Trump in 2020?”
O’Rourke stopped short of calling all Trump supporters racist but claimed their votes enable a “dangerous” president.
Watch O’Rourke’s comments:
“I think it’s really hard. After everything that we’ve seen from his time as a candidate in 2016 to his repeated warnings of ‘invasions’ to his repeated calls to ‘send them back.’ Sending back people who are U.S. citizens, sending back people who were born in this country. His description of white nationalists and klansmen and Neo-Nazis as ‘very fine people.’ His warnings of Muslims as being inherently defective or dangerous and attempting to ban them from entry into this country. His transgender troop ban and his attack on anyone who does not look like or pray like or love like the majority of the country. Yes, Donald Trump is dangerous to the future of America and will destroy what makes us so unique and so special and the genius that we represent to ourselves and to the rest of the world.”
After refusing to say whether he thought Trump’s 63 million voters were racist, O’Rourke called on voters to choose a president who can unite the country.
The former congressman sits at or below 2% in several recent 2020 Democratic primary polls.