Former Rep. Beto Rourke said Sunday that the mass shooting in his home town of El Paso was a “consequence and cost” of President Donald Trump.
“It wasn’t until that moment that I truly understood how critical this moment is and the real consequence and cost of Donald Trump,” O’Rourke said on NBC’s “Meet the Press“ on Sunday.
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“There is a concerted, organized attack against immigrants, against people of color, against those who do not look like or pray like or love like the majority in this country,” O’Rourke added, also referencing the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in Mississippi that ensnared nearly 700 undocumented workers. “And this moment will define us one way or another. And if we do not wake up to it, I am convinced that we’ll lose America, this country, in our sleep. And we cannot allow that to happen.“
Although the El Paso gunman said he was not influenced by Trump, his writings reflect the president’s claims of a so-called “invasion” of the United States.
O’Rourke echoed the call by many Democrats to ban assault-style weapons, including the semiautomatic version of an AK-47 used in the El Paso shooting. O’Rourke called it a “weapon of war … that no American should own, unless they are on a battlefield, engaged with the enemy.”