O’Rourke says rhetoric echoes Nazi Ger­many

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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.”

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