Beto O’Rourke Tears Into Trump for Inciting Anti-Immigrant Violence

“He’s not tolerating violence, he’s inciting racism and violence in this country.”

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When a reporter asked Beto O’Rourke on Sunday if Donald Trump could do anything “to make this any better” following a mass shooting in El Paso that killed 20 and injured 26 others, the Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman lashed out against the president for inciting violence—and against the press for glossing over the connection between Trump’s hateful rhetoric and mass shootings.

“You know the shit he’s been saying. He’s been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals,” O’Rourke, who lives in El Paso, said. “Members of the press, what the fuck?…Connect the dots about what he’s been doing in this country.”

The El Paso shooter posted an anti-immigrant manifesto to the online message board 8chan before the attack. O’Rourke suggested that Trump’s repeated use of racist, xenophobic language contributed to the massacre.

“He’s not tolerating racism, he’s promoting racism,” O’Rourke said. “He’s not tolerating violence, he’s inciting racism and violence in this country.”

Watch O’Rourke’s full response below:

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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