Beto O’Rourke compares Trump campaign event with Nazi Rally

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Beto O’Rourke has compared President Donald Trump’s recent election campaign event in North Carolina to a Nazi rally.

The 2020 democratic hopeful called Trump a racist during an interview with ABC News on Monday.

President Trump is a racist. What we saw last week in North Carolina was almost a spontaneous Nuremberg rally,” O’Rourke said.

He referred to the President’s rally last week, where Trump supporters repeatedly “send them back” when he attacked Congressman Ilhan Omar.

O’Rourke said the rally fuelled hatred.

Ultimately, I think implicitly that violence against people is based on skin color, religion and difference from the majority of Americans,” he said.

He also criticized Trump for previous comments he made, including that Mexico sent rapists and drugs to the U.S. and that the 2017 extreme right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia had good people on both sides.

It suits the president who calls Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals, who calls asylum seekers animals or an infestation that says Klansmänner are very good people. It’s very clear where he’s leading us,” O’Rourke said.

He said there would be consequences for members of Congress who would not oppose Trump’s comments.

Silence, especially from members of Congress who take a position of public trust and power, silence is complicity in what the president does, and there will be accounting. There will be a reckoning. There will be justice for that,” he said.

The former congressman went on to say that his hometown of El Paso, Texas, became like Ellis Island – a focal point for migrants.

Trump has so far refused to apologize for Omar and three other congressmen returning to the “broken and criminally charged” countries they came from, ignoring the fact that they are all American citizens and three were born in the US.

The other congressmen who mentioned him are: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.

With the exception of Omar, who was born in Somalia and became an American citizen, the women were born in the United States.

Trump renewed his attacks on the “group” on Sunday, saying he did not believe they were able to love the United States.

I don’t think the four congressmen are able to love our country. They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the terrible (hateful) things they said. They destroy the Democratic Party, but they are weak and insecure people who can never destroy our great nation,” he wrote on Twitter.

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Mette Frederiksen is a The Washington Newsday correspondent. With her coverage of general science, NASA and the interface between technology and society, Frederiksen has been in the Science Desk's Technology Beat since joining Washington Newsday in 2018.

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