Beto O’Rourke – Trump The Most Racist President In Modern History
Former Texas Congressman and Democratic Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke named Trump as the “most openly racist president that we’ve had in modern history” at a town hall event on Tuesday night in Miami.
“Donald Trump is the most openly racist president that we’ve had in modern history, perhaps in all of American history,” O’Rourke said, “who’s called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals, who’s said that we’ve got to ban all Muslims as though there’s something wrong or defective about some people given their religion, who’s described Klansmen and white supremacists as very fine people.”
The comments came after O’Rourke has been asked about Trump’s refusal to apologize to a group of black men accused of raping a jogger in New York’s Central Park in 1989. The men, who became known as the ‘Central Park Five,’ were exonerated in 2002 after another man confessed to the assault. A documentary on Netflix, “When They See Us” was aired, which has raised public awareness of this case.
O’Rourke has said that president Trump’s rhetoric and ideologies openly show this racism. He claimed that Trump was responsible for the rise in hate crimes across this nation earlier this week.
At a town hall meeting, he criticized the Trump administrations hard-line immigration policy as being an example of this blatant racism.
“You don’t put them in cages; you don’t separate them from their families. You don’t torture them the way that we’ve been torturing them. I’m going to stand up for everyone as president in this country. I’m going to acknowledge that we don’t need to tolerate or respect our differences. We need to embrace them. It’s what makes us stronger and better and safer and more secure as a country.”
Earlier this month, O’Rourke met with a small group of slave descendants in South Carolina, he was doing so to try to connect better with black voters who will have a prominent voice in next years presidential primaries.
He has said that he can see his struggle with not knowing enough about the history of slavery in the US and its ongoing influence on what is happening with the African American community, even now.
“White Americans do not know this story,” O’Rourke said, noting that until a tour of the church’s grounds, he hadn’t known anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman had lived in the area.
O’Rourke has address issues with white privilege in the past, telling a crowd in a historically black college in South Carolina earlier that while he may not know or understand their struggles, he wanted to help them. In Iowa, he said he didn’t think that being a white man in a diverse field of candidates had him in a disadvantage due to his sex or race, even though he admitted it had given him inherent advantages for years.
The Associated Press contributed to this report