O’Rourke says rhetoric echoes Nazi Germany
SIOUX CITY – Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke told a crowd in Sioux City that some of President Trump’s inflammatory remarks echo the rhetoric of Nazi Germany’s “Third Reich.”
O’Rourke said the administration’s policy of separating families who cross the Mexican border unlawfully “follows the rhetoric of a president who not only describes immigrants as rapists and criminals but as animals and an infestation.
“Now, I might expect someone to describe another human being as an infestation in the Third Reich. I would not expect it in the United States of America,” O’Rourke said Thursday, drawing heavy applause from the young crowd at Morningside College.
Asked about the charged comparison after the town hall, he stood by it. His comparison came in response to a question about how he would take on Trump if he’s the 2020 Democratic nominee.
O’Rourke said he would try to “pull this country together around the work that’s ahead” and vowed to jettison the “pettiness and meanness and personal attacks.”