Courtesy of Politico

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke said Sunday the mass shooting in his hometown 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.“

“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, referencing the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in Mississippi that ensnared nearly 700 undocumented migrant 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 suspect in the El Paso shooting said he was not influenced by Trump, his writings reflect the president’s claims of an “invasion” of the United States.

It may not be particularly gutsy for O’Rourke to blame the El Paso shooting on Trump since a number of his peers have done the same, but it was a little gusty to show up at an Arkansas gun show.

Courtesy of HuffPo:

Presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke made an unannounced stop at a gun show in Arkansas on Saturday while ramping up his campaign after a deadly mass shooting hit his hometown of El Paso, Texas.

The Democrat talked about his newly announced gun policy proposal and listened to gun owners and vendors at the event, many of whom were Republicans and Trump supporters, according to O’Rourke’s team.

“In order to make progress, Beto believes we have to meet people where they are, and not be afraid to have hard conversations with people who may not always agree,” his campaign said in a statement.

Now Beto O’Rourke is by no means my favorite Democratic candidate, but I do admire the fact that he visited a gun show while openly supporting a ban on military-style weapons. 

I think that other 2020 presidential candidates should take note and also move out of their comfort zones to interact with potential voters who would not typically be seen as supporting a Democratic candidate. 

For many of these folks  the Democrats are defiined by the lies they hear from Donald Trump or conservative media.

Meeting a few of them face to face might dispel a number of myths and also allow them to hear our message without having it distorted by those who are afraid they will hear our message.