Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke didn’t mince words Sunday when asked about President Trump’s recent visit to his community of El Paso, Texas.
“The people of El Paso told me that they didn’t want to see the president, and they didn’t want him to come here. They understand that he’s part of the problem,” O’Rourke told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
Trump traveled to El Paso last week after a gunman killed 22 people at a Walmart the previous weekend. Authorities said the shooter told them that he was targeting Mexicans, and a “manifesto” linked to him decried the “Hispanic invasion of Texas.” In his CNN interview O’Rourke noted that Trump had also repeatedly warned of migrant “invasions” and falsely described El Paso as a hub of violent crime.
Tapper also played footage of Trump at the University Medical Center of El Paso, where the president touted the crowd size at a February rally in the city.
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