Donald Trump trashes Beto, tells him ‘to be quiet’ ahead of the President’s El Paso visit
President Trump this week thrashed 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, telling him to “be quiet” ahead of Trump’s visit to Beto’s hometown of El Paso, Texas, following last weekend’s shooting that left 22 dead. Trump mocked the plans by O’Rourke to once again offer a competing rally when the president visits El Paso, Texas, after the terrible mass murder.
“Beto (phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage) O’Rourke, who is embarrassed by my last visit to the Great State of Texas, where I trounced him, and is now even more embarrassed by polling at 1% in the Democrat Primary, should respect the victims & law enforcement – & be quiet!” the president tweeted.
Beto (phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage) O’Rourke, who is embarrassed by my last visit to the Great State of Texas, where I trounced him, and is now even more embarrassed by polling at 1% in the Democrat Primary, should respect the victims & law enforcement – & be quiet!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2019
Over the past several days, O’Rourke has slammed the president, whom he has partially blamed for the massacre, pointing to his rhetoric about Hispanic immigrants that was echoed in the killer’s manifesto. The former congressman declared that Trump is a “racist” and compared his language to Nazi Germany’s Third Reich. He also compared Trump’s North Carolina rally– where the “send her back” chant took place– to “Nuremberg.”
O’Rourke indicated in a tweet that he would be at an event planned to “confront President Trump and white supremacy,” on Wednesday while the president was also scheduled to visit.
Organizers said in the Facebook post for the event that the president was not welcome in El Paso.
“El Paso was targeted for the horrific shooting because we are a welcoming city that advocates for immigrant families. We were targeted for fighting against the dehumanization of our immigrant brothers and sisters, for pushing back against the criminalization of our border and for denouncing President Trump’s attempts to paint our communities as something they’re not,” the event organizers said.
O’Rourke responded to Trump’s tweet and doubled-down on his claim that Trump is responsible.
“22 people in my hometown are dead after an act of terror inspired by your racism,” he tweeted. “El Paso will not be quiet and neither will I.”
22 people in my hometown are dead after an act of terror inspired by your racism. El Paso will not be quiet and neither will I. https://t.co/dakFPKj0vJ
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 7, 2019
“President Trump is not welcome in El Paso and his narrative around immigrants and Central Americans should not be welcome anywhere,” they added.
O’Rourke had already once tried to hold a competing rally against the president in February, but his relatively small rally was overwhelmed by the music and noise of the president’s gathering of supporters.
“We have a line that’s very long already,” Trump said to reporters in February before the rally. “You’ve seen what’s going on. I understand our competitor’s got a line too, but it’s a tiny little line.”
The White House said that Trump’s visit will be similar to those he has made to other communities affected by gun violence, and that he will meet with first responders, survivors and mourning families.
“What he wants to do is go to these communities and grieve with them, pray with them, offer condolences,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Tuesday. He said Trump also wants “to have a conversation” about ways to head off future deadly episodes.