Beto O’Rourke blames El Paso shooting on Donald Trump and makes surprise visit to Arkansas gun show.

By |2019-08-19T06:17:04-08:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |12 Comments

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. 

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12 Comments

  1. FlipUm August 19, 2019 at 9:35 am

    https://www.pbs.org/video/super-state-strategy-9gclim/

    Grassroots organizers Ethan Todras-Whitehill and Catherine Vaughan of Swing Left (and formerly Flippable) discuss their plans to restore democratic accountability.

  2. Anonymously August 19, 2019 at 10:26 am

    The fight over guns isn’t between gun owners and non-gun owners, it’s between people who own lots of guns and everyone else

    https://www.businessinsider.com/people-multiple-guns-have-outsized-influence-gun-debate-2019-8

  3. OT/ RIGHT August 19, 2019 at 11:31 am

    The professors wanted to test a popular theory that subtly racist cues ― such as terms like “inner city” that many associate with Black Americans ― harness subconscious racial animus to sway white voters against government spending. Statements that are openly racist, on the other hand, are thought to turn off those voters.

    “If the dog-whistle hypothesis is correct, we would expect implicit but not explicit racial appeals to increase the impact of racial resentment on whites’ policy evaluations,” Wetts and Willer wrote.

    Their experiment confirmed the hypothesis ― but with an unexpected twist. After the participants read the political statements and were asked how they felt about welfare, the ones with the most negative attitude compared to the control group were self-identified white liberals who’d read the implicit racial appeal and who had scored highly on the racial resentment scale.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/white-liberals-racism-trump_n_5d5aaec5e4b056fafd0f07e1

  4. ANON August 19, 2019 at 11:33 am

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/kirsten-gillibrand-al-franken-mark-halperin_n_5d5ad82fe4b056fafd0f8806

    “Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Says Al Franken, Mark Halperin Entitled To ‘Path For Redemption’
    “You’ve called the allegations against Franken ‘credible,’” Costa said. “You said you recently spoke to one of the accusers. Would you oppose a political comeback by Senator Franken?”
    Gillibrand responded that there’s “always room for redemption of anybody.”
    “Anyone who wants a second chance, it’s always there for everyone,” she said. “We’re a country that believes in second chances. We believe in someone who has humility, who comes forward to say they’re sorry and that they have paid consequences and want to reemerge … There’s always a path for redemption for anybody.””

    • Beaglemom August 19, 2019 at 1:08 pm

      I have no respect for Gillibrand. She attacked Al Franken for no valid reason at all, just to make some political points with the developing MeToo movement in the hope that it would propel her to the national stage. I’m not sure that Gillibrand can “redeem” herself, certainly not in my eyes.

  5. Anonymously August 19, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Fox News Host Takes a Verbal Mallet to Wayne LaPierre: ‘An Odious Little Grifter and It’s Time for Him to Go’

    Fox News host Steve Hilton blasted NRA Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre as having “ripped off NRA members for the benefit of himself.”

    “For years Wayne has taken NRA members’ money to live the life of a king but he’s not a king. He’s the head of a nonprofit trusted by millions to use its funds to secure constitutional rights,” said Hilton, calling for his removal. “He’s an odious little grifter and it’s time for him to go.”

    “If you’re in and are a member you pay $45 a year a good in good faith to protect the Second Amendment….” said Hilton, before explaining that in February 2018 while the nation was mourning the loss of life at the Stoneman Douglas high school shooting, LaPierre said he “needed a more secure home” and settled on a $5 million dollar estate.

    “Wayne has a big, important job. If you want to buy a big house, good luck to him. Except it was not him by the house. It was you,” said Hilton.

    Hilton explained that the NRA’s former ad agency Akerman Mcqueen concocted a third party to buy the mansion for LaPierre. “The top NRA executive signed a document promising the NRA would contribute $6.5 million to the company for 99% ownership,” Hilton said.

    Documents show that LaPierre also asked the NRA to pay $13,800 to rent an apartment for a summer intern, according to Hilton. “Part of a 15 year history of ripping off NRA members for the benefit of himself and those to him.”

    Hilton then detailed other ways LaPierre swindled money from the activist organization:

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/fox-news-host-takes-a-mallet-to-wayne-lapierre-an-odious-little-grifter-and-its-time-for-him-to-go/

  6. Anonymously August 19, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Fox News’ Shep Smith ridicules Trump ‘saneless’ 180-degree turn on gun safety

    “The message has, again, changed,” Smith said at the top of his Monday show. “Remember calls escalated after the domestic terror attack in El Paso and the mass murder that followed in Dayton. The president said at the time, ‘We need strong background checks.’ Now, something new. First, listen to him yesterday.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/08/fox-news-shep-smith-ridicules-trump-saneless-180-degree-turn-on-gun-safety/

  7. Anonymous August 19, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Scumbag politician attempting to ride on the blood of dead persons. What a sicko.

  8. Anonymously August 19, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Rachel Maddow Warns Trump And GOP That Blocking Background Checks Will Be Political Suicide

    The politics of gun control are changing before our eyes, Rachel Maddow said on Monday, and Republicans are likely to finally pay a price if they continue to block any meaningful action on this issue.

    “The public sentiment and public pressure on this are not going anywhere, and thus far Republicans are refusing to engage on the most moderate, the most popular reforms,” Maddow said. “Eventually this is going to break.”

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/08/19/maddow-warns-trump-gop-background-checks-political-suicide.html

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