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O'Rourke: 'Let's Be Very Clear About What Is Causing This'

Other Democrats also react strongly to the latest mass shootings
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2019 8:00 AM CDT
Updated Aug 4, 2019 12:30 PM CDT
Presidential candidate and former congressman Beto O'Rourke speaks with the media outside the Walmart store in the aftermath of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019.   (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

(Newser) – Democratic candidates are hitting President Trump—and hitting him hard—after two mass shootings gut-punched America over the weekend. Beto O'Rourke appeared on CNN's State of the Union: "Let's be very clear about what is causing this and who the president is," said the former congressman, whose home state of Texas saw 20 killed at a Walmart on Sunday; the El Paso sheriff has linked an online anti-immigrant manifesto to the shooter. "[Trump] is an open avowed racist and encouraging more racism in this country." O'Rourke also compared Trump's words to those of the Nazis when he said there were "very fine people" among KKK members and neo-Nazis in the Charlottesville riots, the Hill reports. For more, including GOP reactions:

  • 'Toxic brew': "He's given license for this toxic brew of white supremacy to fester more and more in this country," said Julian Castro on ABC's This Week, per Politico. "And we're seeing the results of that."

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