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Trump Mocks Beto O’Rourke’s Hispanic Nickname, Tells Him to ‘Be Quiet’ About Racist Shooting In His Hometown

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President Donald Trump lashed out at 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, mocking his Hispanic nickname and telling him to “be quiet” about the mass shooting this past weekend in the former Texas Congressman’s hometown of El Paso.

Calling the nickname O’Rourke uses “phony” — his given name is Robert Francis O’Rourke — and saying he is “even more embarrassed” by his Democratic primary poll numbers, Trump admonished O’Rourke to “respect the victims & law enforcement — & be quiet!”

It’s not surprising that Trump would target O’Rourke, though the broadside comes amidst reports that the president planned on tempering attacks on his rivals in the wake of the weekend’s mass shootings. After the mass shooting in his hometown, the former Congressman from El Paso had visited shooting victims in the hospital and, afterward, offered a damning assessment of the president’s anti-immigrant rhetoric.

“Jesus Christ, of course he’s racist!” O’Rourke exclaimed when asked by a reporter. The El Paso shooter infamously invoked some of the same language that the president has used about an “invasion” of migrants in his hate-filled manifesto.

Trump’s claim about O’Rourke’s presidential candidacy is a touch unfair. According to the RealClearPolitics polling average, O’Rourke currently has three percent support nationally, and he has already passed the polling and donor threshold to qualify for the next Democratic debate in September.

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