Beto O'Rourke: Trump's Rhetoric Echoes The 'Third Reich'

Beto O'Rourke: Trump's Rhetoric Echoes The 'Third Reich'

Beto O'Rourke: Trump's Rhetoric Echoes The 'Third Reich'

Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke on Thursday night defended remarks he made in Iowa comparing President Donald Trump's rhetoric on immigration to words and images employed by Nazi Germany.

"Now we would not be surprised if in the Third Reich if other human beings were described as an infestation, as a cockroach, or a pest that you would want to kill, but to do that in 2017 or '18 in the United States of America doesn't make sense", said O'Rourke.

In his presidential announcement speech in 2015, Trump famously referred to some Mexicans crossing the US border as "rapists" and as "bringing crime". The White House did not respond to a request for comment at the time.

President Trump previously called MS-13 gang members "animals", at which Democrats shot back. "Describing immigrants who have a track record of committing crimes at a lower rate than native-born Americans as rapists and criminals", the former Texas congressman told reporters in Sioux City, Iowa.

Instead of directly addressing O'Rourke's comments, the statement from Gidley sought to attack the Democratic party on the same day that Trump addressed the annual meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas.

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Mr. O'Rourke added the country will continue to see these results "if we don't call out racism". "So, let's call it out, but let's also define a better future for this country".

In the aftermath of a deadly clash between attendees and protesters, Trump said that there were "some very fine people" on both sides.

During a campaign rally in Sioux City, 17-year-old Claire Campbell asked O'Rourke: "It's OK if you say no, but will you go to prom with me?"

On the campaign trail, O'Rourke rarely criticizes Trump by name, but he frequently criticizes his immigration policies and the language he uses to talk about the issue.

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