O'Rourke: Trump has blood on his hands for El Paso shootings

Robert Francis O’Rourke is doubling down on his intention to confiscate guns from law-abiding Americans in the highly unlikely chance that he becomes president. During a campaign stop in suburban Dallas Sunday, he told a crowd of about 300 people that President Trump holds responsibility for the mass shooting in El Paso.

O’Rourke spoke to about 300 people outside of Artcentre of Plano and blamed President Trump for the deaths and injuries suffered in El Paso at the hands of a mass murderer. He continued to call for government confiscation of popular weapons like the AR-15. He doesn’t want any half-measures, either, he wants full gun control implemented by the government. His supporters voiced approval of his radical rhetoric by chanting, “Hell, yes.” That is the infamous response O’Rourke gave when asked if he supports gun confiscation during the last Democrat debate.

“If we agree that those have been used as instruments of terror against our fellow human beings, against our kids who are hunted in their classrooms and chased down in the hallways of their schools, we’re going to buy back every single one of those weapons,” he said as the crowd chanted “Hell yes.”

Later he called on fellow Democrats to stand firm.

“If we start in a timid, fearful, apologetic way, we’re going to get the same result that we got in the last 30 years, which is literally, absolutely nothing,” he told reporters after the event. “I understand that there are some who are worried about what the NRA is going to do, what the Republican Party is going to have to say. I’m more concerned about those families who survived these horrific shootings.”

O’Rourke didn’t bother to hold deranged murderers responsible for recent mass shootings, including the one in El Paso, but he did single out one person. He lays the blame for the El Paso shooting on President Trump. O’Rourke says it is because of the president’s rhetoric on illegal immigration. Because of the rhetoric, Trump has blood on his hands.

“What the president of the United States is doing cannot be more dangerous,” O’Rourke said. “He has the blood of those 22 people in El Paso on his hands.”

It’s quite the hot take from a failing presidential candidate. The Texas Democrat is more concerned about pushing an open-border agenda than allowing law-abiding Americans to protect themselves.

O’Rourke roughed up another Democrat running for the presidential nomination Sunday. He doesn’t appreciate that Mayor Pete agrees with Biden surrogate Chris Coons, a senator from Delaware, about the wrong-headedness of talking about gun confiscation. Coons and Buttigieg know that extreme rhetoric doesn’t help anyone who may eventually be the challenger to President Trump.

Buttigieg was asked on CNN’s State of the Union if he agreed with Coons, that the language wasn’t helpful to candidates running for president. He said yes.

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” and agreed with Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., saying the clip of the former O’Rourke’s statement about AR-15s and AK-47s “will be played for years at Second Amendment rallies with organizations that try to scare people by saying Democrats are coming for your guns.”

Buttigieg said, “Look, right now we have an amazing moment on our hands. We have agreement among the American people not just for universal backgrounds checks, but we have a majority in favor of red-flag laws, high-capacity magazines, banning the new sale of assault weapons. This is a golden moment to finally do something.”

Buttigieg went on to say, “When even this president and even [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell are at least are pretending to be open to reforms, we know that we have a moment on our hand. Let’s make the most of it and get these things done.”

In response, O’Rourke told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd that Buttigieg’s reasoning is part of the problem. It shows “how screwed up the priorities in Washington, D.C. are.” Essentially he calls out Democrats for upholding the Second Amendment, at least for now. So, in Plano, he told the crowd that he isn’t willing to accept bi-partisan moderation on any issue. He is going full force and reasonable debate be damned.

O’Rourke continues to circle the drain as a candidate. He is trying to use mass shootings and calls for gun confiscation in response as his way back up in the polls. It is not working. His extreme views on all subjects don’t play well to regular Americans but he continues to go forward and double down. Even in Texas, his crowds are small now in comparison to previous ones. Three hundred people outside an art center in Plano, Texas? The Dallas area is supposed to be Beto country, so that’s doesn’t bode well for his efforts. He told the crowd he could win Texas in the general election but that assumes he wins the primary. Recent polling indicates Biden is still the top candidate, according to Real Clear Politics. He may be in second place of the poll averages in Texas for the primary right now but Elizabeth Warren is quickly gaining on him. It might be time to dust off the skateboard for the home crowd.

Join the conversation as a VIP Member

Trending on HotAir Video

Jazz Shaw 10:01 AM on June 04, 2023