As Red State‘s Bonchie wrote Wednesday, 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke (D) went for broke during a recent campaign stop in Tennessee, trashing his own country in a room full of refugees and immigrants. The comments came off as anti-American to conservatives and Republicans alike, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) weighed in on Thursday on the issue, slamming his former Senate opponent.
To recap, here’s what O’Rourke told the audience, via The Hill:
During a roundtable event hosted by a local organization that works with immigrants, the presidential candidate pointed to his home state’s history in the Confederacy while arguing that the legacy of racism persists in U.S. institutions.
“I know this from my home state, Texas, places that formed the Confederacy, that this country was founded on white supremacy,” he said, according to the Tennessean. “And every single institution and structure that we have in this country still reflects the legacy of slavery and segregation and Jim Crow and suppression, even in our democracy.”
He made the remarks in response to a question about how he would tackle white supremacy if elected president.
Watch video of his remarks below:
Just a week after giving a much-needed history lesson to former QB-turned-social justice warrior Colin Kaepernick on abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass, Cruz once again used history to flatten another expression of anti-American sentiment:
Why does the hard Left traffic in anti-American hate? Here’s what our Nation was founded on: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal….” 1/2 https://t.co/G5P8nl7vcY
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 11, 2019
2/2 “…that they are endowed by their Creator w/ certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty & the pursuit of Happiness.” Of course, it took a Civil War & heroes like Frederick Douglass & Dr. King to continue the journey, but our Founding was based in freedom. https://t.co/cS1MYGJZDb
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 11, 2019
Cruz is right, of course. The hard left “traffics” in anti-American hate more often than not, and unfortunately Democrats like O’Rourke are trying to mainstream it for political advantage.
As I wrote today at Legal Insurrection:
What’s become increasingly popular over the years in elite Democratic circles is the notion that to be considered sufficiently woke, you must believe that America and its foundations are fundamentally flawed. You also must have the unwavering desire to change them fundamentally.
The key to that message being successful for Democrats is in framing it in such a way as to make voters believe that big government’s encroachment into their lives and wallets is the way things should have always been from the start. This is one reason why Barack Obama was elected.
It worked for Obama, but it won’t work for Beto, because too many Democrats view him as a “privileged” candidate who has led a mostly charmed life and who doesn’t have much to offer in the crowded, diverse field of candidates.
It also won’t work with any Republicans he’d like to win over, because you won’t find many Republicans who will buy into the anti-Americanism that Beto is selling (unless your name is Ana Nararro).
Nevertheless, he took his campaign to new lows this week in a desperate attempt to revive some of that old Beto magic from 2018. Unfortunately for him, it’s too late. His time to shine in the political spotlight has long passed.
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