The El Paso Democrat recalled meeting a Mexican-American second or third grader who asked why the president didn’t like her, as he ended a speech in front of a crowd at Morningside College, simultaneously broadcast on Facebook Live.
“I thought, what is that doing to her head and her conception of herself and what she is able to contribute to this country, when the president of the United States has called Mexicans rapists and criminals, he then went on to call asylum seekers animals and an infestation,” O’Rourke said.
“We would not be surprised if in The Third Reich other human beings were described as an infestation, as cockroach, as a pest that you wanted to kill, but to do that in 2017 or 18 in the United States of America doesn’t make sense,” he added.
Speaking in Iowa, where he will fight his first caucus in February next year, Mr O’Rourke said: “Putting kids in cages, saying that Neonazis and Klansmen and white supremacists are ‘very fine people’? Now, I might expect someone to describe another human being as an infestation in the Third Reich. I would not expect that in the United States of America.”
Beto O’Rourke said that some of Trump’s inflammatory remarks echo the rhetoric of Nazi Germany’s “Third Reich.” https://t.co/EcetQkgZPd
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