President Trump slams 2020 Democratic candidate and El Paso native Beto O’Rourke

President Donald Trump slammed 2020 Democratic candidate and El Paso native Beto O’Rourke late Tuesday, just hours before Trump was set to arrive in the grieving border city, where a mass shooting left nearly two dozen dead just days ago.

“Beto (phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage) O’Rourke, who is embarrassed by my last visit to the Great State of Texas, where I trounced him, and is now even more embarrassed by polling at 1% in the Democrat Primary, should respect the victims & law enforcement – & be quiet!” Trump tweeted late Tuesday night.

The Democratic presidential candidate, whose full name is Robert Francis O’Rourke, goes by “Beto,” a childhood nickname. In his tweet Trump appeared to refer to competing rallies he and O’Rourke held in February in El Paso. Trump’s El Paso rally drew thousands, but O’Rourke’s counter-rally also drew thousands.

O’Rourke hit back at Trump about an hour after his post, tweeting that “22 people in my hometown are dead after an act of terror inspired by your racism.”

“El Paso will not be quiet and neither will I,” he wrote.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Beto (phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage) O’Rourke, who is embarrassed by my last visit to the Great State of Texas, where I trounced him, and is now even more embarrassed by polling at 1% in the Democrat Primary, should respect the victims & law enforcement – & be quiet!

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Beto O’Rourke

@BetoORourke

22 people in my hometown are dead after an act of terror inspired by your racism. El Paso will not be quiet and neither will I. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1158950196560171014 

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Beto (phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage) O’Rourke, who is embarrassed by my last visit to the Great State of Texas, where I trounced him, and is now even more embarrassed by polling at 1% in the Democrat Primary, should respect the victims & law enforcement – & be quiet!

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O’Rourke, who was born and raised in El Paso and represented the area in Congress for six years, has fiercely criticized Trump in recent days, saying that his harsh anti-immigrant rhetoric has helped embolden violence by racists. Trump is scheduled to visit El Paso as well as Dayton, Ohio, the site of the second horrific mass shooting that happened over the weekend,later Wednesday afternoon.

O’Rourke is scheduled to attend an El Paso community rally at roughly the same time of Trump’s visit to the city, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

The suspect in the El Paso attack — identified by police as a 21-year-old white man from the Dallas area — posted a diatribe against immigrants in Texas, a senior law enforcement official told NBC News. He also pushed talking points about preserving European identity in America.

“We have a president right now who traffics in this hatred, who incites this violence, who calls Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals, calls asylum seekersanimals and an infestation,” O’Rourke said Sunday at a vigil for the victims.

Hours before Trump’s tweet, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted that Trump’s visit would be “about honoring victims, comforting communities, and thanking first responders & medical professionals for their heroic actions.”

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

“Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism,” was the correct description in the first headline by the Failing New York Times, but it was quickly changed to, “Assailing Hate But Not Guns,” after the Radical Left Democrats went absolutely CRAZY! Fake News – That’s what we’re up against…

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

..”This is an astounding development in journalism. I’ve never seen it happen before, I’ve just never seen anything like this! Is that journalism today? I don’t think so!” Mark Penn, Former Clinton Advisor. @TuckerCarlson After 3 years I almost got a good headline from the Times!

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Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

“Meanwhile, the Dayton, Ohio, shooter had a history of supporting political figures like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and ANTIFA.” @OANN I hope other news outlets will report this as opposed to Fake News. Thank you!

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Later Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted about a New York Times headline earlier in the week about a speech he made after the shootings in which he condemned “racism, bigotry and white supremacy” but did not specifically condemn anti-immigrant rhetoric and avoided calling for any specific gun control laws.

He also quoted from a One America News report that Connor Betts, the shooter in the Dayton, Ohio attack — which occurred less than 24 hours after the El Paso shooting — “had a history of supporting political figures like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and ANTIFA.”

On his Twitter account, Betts posted on a range of topics, including…

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