Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke said Saturday President Trump bore some responsibility for a shooting in El Paso, Texas that killed at least 20 people.
Asked by news reporters whether the president was in some part responsible for the shooting, O’Rourke, who formerly served as the city’s mayor, responded firmly.
“Yes. We’ve had a rise in hate crimes every single one of the last three years,” O’Rourke said Saturday evening. “During an administration where you’ve had the president call Mexicans […] criminals.”
“He is a racist, and he stokes racism in this country,” the former congressman and current 2020 candidate for president continued. “It does not just offend our sensibilities; it fundamentally changes the character of this country and it leads to violence.”
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