Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke on Monday compared President Trump’s political event in North Carolina last week to Nazi party rallies held in Germany during Adolph Hitler’s reign.
In an interview with ABC News, O’Rourke said that he believes Trump is racist. He also said that Trump’s speech in Greenville, N.C. last Wednesday in which he went after Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar was “almost an impromptu Nuremberg rally.”
The Nazi party held annual propaganda rallies in Nuremberg in the 1920s and 1930s.
O’Rourke, who is polling in the low single digits, accused Trump of “inciting hatred” against Omar, and implicitly stoking “violence against people based on the color of their skin, based on their religion, based on their difference from the majority of Americans.”
"Yes, President Trump is a racist," 2020 candidate Beto O'Rourke tells @ABC News.
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) July 22, 2019
During Trump’s North Carolina speech, the crowd started chanting “send her back” in reference to Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia. Omar responded to the chant by calling Trump a “fascist.”
Trump has accused Omar and three other Democratic lawmakers — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib — of being anti-Semitic and hating the U.S.
In a tweet last Sunday, Trump tweeted that the four lawmakers, who call themselves “The Squad,” should “go back” and fix problems in their countries of origin. While Omar was born in Somalia, the other three lawmakers were born in the U.S.
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