On Sunday, Beto O’Rourke declared during a rally in Pano, Texas that Donald Trump has the “blood” of the 22 victims of the El Paso mass shooting “on his hands.”
During the rally, O’Rourke referenced a MAGA rally back in May in Florida that Trump endorsed mass shootings in his speech.
“At a rally in Florida in May of this year, the president was ranting and railing,” O’Rourke said. “He says, ‘How do we stop these people from coming here?’ Someone yells out, ‘shoot them.'”
O’Rourke continued with: “The crowd roars their assent. The president smiles and he laughs his consent. What the president of the United States is doing cannot be more dangerous. He has the blood of those 22 people in El Paso on his hands. And, the answer to this has got to be beyond defeating Donald Trump, as important as it is. It has to go to the root of this problem.”
O’Rourke also stated that white supremacy as an “existential threat.”
Video of the Trump rally O’Rourke spoke of showed that Trump started discussing a migrant caravan making its way to the southern border: “Don’t forget, we don’t let them and we can’t let them use weapons. Other countries do. We can’t. I would never do that.”
After someone yelled, “shoot them,” Trump smiled, shook his head, and replied, “That’s only in the Panhandle you can get away with that statement.”
O’Rourke has flip-flopped on the issue of gun confiscation. When he was running for the Senate in 2018 in Texas, he opposed the government taking AR-15 rifles. But, during last week’s presidential primary debate, O’Rourke said flatly, “hell yes,” when asked if the government should confiscate AR-15s.
Last week O’Rourke was threatened by a Republican in the Texas House of Representatives who posted a dark a threatening tweet on Twitter.
“My AR is ready for you Robert Francis,” Briscoe Cain tweeted, using O’Rourke’s birth name.
“This is a death threat, Representative,” O’Rourke wrote back. “Clearly, you shouldn’t own an AR-15—and neither should anyone else.”
Cain replied: “You’re a child Robert Francis.”