Beto O'Rourke blames Trump for El Paso mass shooting: Texas Democrat says it was a 'consequence' of the President’s 'racism' after branding Mexicans 'rapists and criminals'

Former Texas congressman, Beto O'Rourke, said the El Paso Walmart massacre earlier this month that killed 22 people was a 'consequence and cost' of President Trump.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke has again blamed Donald Trumpfor the mass shooting in El Paso that killed 22 people.

The former Texas congressman, who comes from El Paso, said the Walmartmassacre earlier this month was a 'consequence and cost' of President Trump.

He linked the mass killing to Trump's 'racism' and his rhetoric over migrants at the border, after the president previously branded Mexicans 'rapist and criminals'. 

In the aftermath of the shooting at the Cielo Vista Mall by Patrick Crusius, O'Rourke said Trump contributed to the atmosphere the meant the killer felt emboldened to launch the assault. 

On NBC's Meet the Press O'Rourke again linked Trump's descriptions of migrants in his push for a border wall to the El Paso deaths. 

He said on Sunday: 'It wasn't until that moment [the mass shooting] that I truly understood how critical this moment is and the real consequence and cost of Donald Trump.

'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.' 

Democratic Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks a campaign rally with the University of Arkansas yesterday

Democratic Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks a campaign rally with the University of Arkansas yesterday 

Over 1,000 flower arrangements displayed after being dropped off by 22 hearses at the memorial for the victims of the August 3 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas

Over 1,000 flower arrangements displayed after being dropped off by 22 hearses at the memorial for the victims of the August 3 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas

O'Rourke also referenced the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in Mississippi that caught nearly 700 undocumented migrant workers. 

He added: '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, he posted a 2,000-word manifesto online moments before the attack that echoed the president's claims of an 'invasion' of migrants into the US.

Beto O'Rourke blamed the El Paso massacre of President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric

Beto O'Rourke blamed the El Paso massacre of President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric 

O'Rourke, along with many Democrats, called for a ban on assault weapons, including the semi-automatic version of an AK-47 used by Crusius.

The 2020 presidential hopeful also called it a 'weapon of war…that no American should own, unless they are on a battlefield, engaged with the enemy'.

The former Texas congressman described what he called the danger of Trump's 'open racism' as the president pushes to get a border wall built and the Muslim travel ban.

He said on Sunday: 'From the outset of this campaign, even before this campaign, I talked about how dangerous President Trump's open racism is, the Mexicans as rapists and criminals, the Muslims, who should be banned from this country, how it doesn't just offend us, but it changes us, the rise in hate crimes, every single one of the last three years, the mosque in Victoria, Texas, burned to the ground the day after he signs his executive order attempting to ban Muslim travel. 

'But it wasn't until someone, inspired by Donald Trump, drove more than 600 miles, to my hometown, and killed 22 people in my community with a weapon of war, an AK-47, that he had no business owning, that no American should own, unless they are on a battlefield, engaged with the enemy. 

'It wasn't until that moment that I truly understood how critical this moment is and the real consequence and cost of Donald Trump. 

The president visited University Medical Center in El Paso in the aftermath of the mass killing, where some victims of the shooting were still being treated

The president visited University Medical Center in El Paso in the aftermath of the mass killing, where some victims of the shooting were still being treated

'And I saw it again yesterday, in Mississippi, in Canton, in a community where nearly 700 people working in chicken processing plants, one of the toughest jobs in America, were raided, detained, taken from their kids, humiliated, hogtied, for the crime of being in this country, doing a job that no one else will do.'

O'Rourke previously described Trump's boasting about the crowd size at his February rally in El Paso when he returned to meet shooting survivors as 'sick'.

Yesterday O'Rourke America needed to 'wake up' to the 'concerted attack against immigrants'. 

He added: '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. 

'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.'

The mosque in Victoria, Texas, was burned down on in January 2017, the day after Trump signed an executive order which sought to temporarily bar from the US travelers from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan and Libya and to suspend or limit refugee admissions.

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