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Beto O’Rourke: Nazi-Obsessed Goofball
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One week the Democratic presidential candidate compares a Trump rally to the infamous Nazi rally in Nuremberg. In another he compares America itself to the Third Reich, saying,

The only modern Western democracy that I can think of that said anything close to this is the Nazi Germany.

And then there was this, saying that the president

… went on to call asylum seekers animals and an infestation. Now we would not be surprised if in the Third Reich other human beings were described as an infestation, as a cockroach or a pest that you would want to kill.

Uh-huh. Got it. (News flash: Nazi Germany was a dictatorship, not a “Western democracy.”)

Certainly the former congressman from El Paso deserves sympathy after the mass shooting in his hometown. But even allowing for that it is now crystal clear that Beto O’Rourke is a Nazi-obsessed, most unserious goofball.

First, the president called MS-13 gang members “animals” — not “asylum seekers.” Second, the president used the infestation reference in discussing the decidedly and quite well-publicized rat infestation of Baltimore — a word used by Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings himself in discussing the drugs infesting his Baltimore district. Which is to say, yet again Beto tells bald lies.

Memo to Beto? Trump rallies — and I have been to three here in Pennsylvania — are filled to the brim with good, hard-working Americans of all races, genders, and, yes indeed, both major political parties, the distinctly anti-Nazi Republicans and Democrats. In fact, of the five presidential elections in the 21st century, while Pennsylvania did indeed vote for Donald Trump in 2016, it had previously voted for Democrats Al Gore in 2000, John Kerry in 2004, and twice for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. There wasn’t a Nazi in sight.

What Beto O’Rourke is vividly illustrating is an emotional instability that pushes him to say the most extreme things that flash across his clearly irrational, mercurial, and unsteady mind. This is decidedly not the temperament of anyone who should be seriously considered as a potential president.

Not to mention that Beto is a devotee of the racism that is identity politics — which is exactly the same poison that drove the El Paso shooter. Beto says this of the president:

Jesus Christ, of course he’s racist.

Then he tweets,

This president’s open racism is an invitation to violence. The writing has been on the wall since his maiden speech coming down that escalator calling immigrants “rapists and criminals.” The actions that follow cannot surprise us.

This is, of course, is another flat-out lie. Then-candidate Trump said no such thing about immigrants. He was talking about illegal immigrants — a very big difference. And one need only check the criminal files here at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection bureau in the Department of Homeland Security to understand the hard truth about illegal immigrants as criminals. In 2019 alone the CBP lists the following criminal convictions:

Assault, battery, domestic violence: 250
Burglary, robbery, larceny, theft, fraud: 140
Driving under the influence: 511
Homicide, manslaughter: 2
Illegal drug possession, trafficking: 367
Illegal entry, re-entry: 2,246
Illegal weapons possession, transport, trafficking: 48
Sexual offenses: 655
Other (any conviction not included in the above categories): 3,540

Illegal immigrants — not to mention crimes by illegal immigrants — are a reality, just as Trump said. And it has zero — zero — to do with race. Otherwise Beto would not be advocating, as here, keeping the existing criminal penalties for crossing the border in place. CNN headlined his views this way:

Beto O’Rourke says illegal border crossings should not be decriminalized

The story began:

Washington (CNN) — 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said Sunday that a Bush-era law criminalizing border crossings should remain in place, pointing to the importance of a “legal mechanism” to hold smugglers accountable.

Does this make Beto a racist? In Beto’s own eyes, apparently so.

The wannabe president seems innocently unaware that when he blames the El Paso shooting on President Trump, he, by extension, blames fellow candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren for the Dayton murders since the shooter was a declared Warren fan. So too does he seem blithely unaware that the same Beto-logic would make fellow candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders responsible for the shooting assault on the Republicans practicing for the annual congressional baseball game — an attack that almost killed Congressman Steve Scalise — as the shooter was a Bernie supporter. Not to mention the shooter was also a fan of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

All of this is ridiculous. Neither the president nor Beto’s fellow Democratic candidates nor Rachel Maddow and MSNBC were responsible for those violent assaults. Only the shooter bears responsibility. Yet there is a supposed responsible presidential candidate insisting otherwise.

In fact, as noted over here at Gateway Pundit, an FBI insider has revealed on Phoenix’s “Mike Broomhead Show” that the El Paso shooter himself says that what set him off was nothing that the president said. What launched his murderous rampage was the sight of all the Democrats on a recent debate stage raising their hands in favor of free health care for illegal immigrants. Beto was not in that debate, but his campaign had said this on the subject:

This issue is one of many reasons Beto believes that comprehensive immigration reform must be a top priority. Because our laws rightly require hospitals to provide care to everyone, the cost of care for uninsured individuals is currently shifted onto other consumers. Therefore, it is in everyone’s interest to provide a pathway for obtaining insurance.

Remembering that Beto is the former congressman from El Paso, not to mention a recent, highly publicized Texas Senate candidate, it is more than reasonable to think that Beto’s view was picked up by the gunman. Which, in turn, using Beto’s own bizarre logic would make Beto himself responsible for the massacre. Bizarre logic indeed — but bizarre logic is clearly a staple in Beto-world.

So what do we have here?

What we have is a tragic shooting that has unexpectedly bared the emotional instability of a supposedly serious candidate for the presidency. A candidate whose Nazi obsessions combines with a grasp of history that is so lacking he thinks Nazi Germany was a “Western democracy.” Not to mention he believes that Trump rallies are another “Nuremberg” whose participants are determined to make of America another “Third Reich.” At least Hillary Clinton only saw Trump supporters as “deplorables.” Beto sees them as Nazis.

It would be a waste to call all of this garbage, although it is. What we really have here is the revelation that Beto O’Rourke is a most unserious man, whose own obsession with the racism of identity politics combines with his willingness to lie in the search for votes.

In sum: pathetic.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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