Will this get him out of the single-digit polling rut that he’s in?
Robert Francis O’Rourke is taking his campaign on a new track in the wake of the horrible mass shooting in a Walmart in his hometown of El Paso, Texas.
He’s no longer advocating doling out free healthcare to all, enthusiastically calling for the removal of existing border walls, apologizing for his ancestor’s slave-owning, blatantly pandering to Mexican border-crossers in Mexico, or mulling over reparations. Nor is he pulling stunts like apologizing to The View coven for his “white privilege”, skateboarding in a Whataburger parking lot, air-drumming to The Who tunes, or livestreaming his dental procedures. Instead, he’s decided to laser-focus his campaign on Trump, guns, racism, and white supremacy.
Oh, yes. He’s turning from what little policy he had to #Resist! because — Trump is a racist. But not just any old racist — a white supremacist! (The #Resist crowd knows that’s true because it was trending #1 on Twitter. At least twice.)
In an op-ed posted on Tuesday on CNN’s website, Beto began laying the blame for the El Paso shooting right at the feet of the President instead of at the feet of the disgusting piece-of-crap individual who committed the shooting. O’Rourke claims that the President’s language, which has been amplified by (literally one) news agency, Fox News, and by “right-wing” websites has fanned the flames of white supremacy. Beto asserts this despite the shooter himself saying in his manifesto that his views predated President Trump.
But hey, you can’t let a little thing like the facts interrupt a good narrative, right?
Beto called the President an “emissary of hate” who seeks to divide the country.
When President Donald Trump describes Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and “bringing crime,” or refers to undocumented immigrants as individuals who “infest our country” — he speaks not as America’s President but as an emissary of hate. And his vilification and fear-mongering connect with those who are open to receiving it.
The seeds of terror we saw that August day are transmitted day and night on Fox News, the most watched cable news channel in the country. They are amplified by right-wing websites like Breitbart, and in messages forced onto local news broadcasts by Sinclair Media.
They metastasize on Facebook. And they filter up from grotesque online havens for white supremacists who preach intolerance and worship violence…
…When the President demonizes and stirs up hatred against immigrants, he is not only attacking my hometown — he is attacking the very meaning of America.
What precisely does that make you, Republican voter?
Is Beto saying that to support President Trump is to support white supremacy?
That’s what a lot of folks on the left are saying these days.
There’s nothing new there, though. If you disagree with them, then you’re racist.
Now that they’ve labeled everyone and their dog racist, they have to ramp it up and say white supremacist instead. They want to invoke images of the KKK and Hitler because those on the right are the ones being divisive.
Garrett Haake at NBC News reports that the O’Rourke campaign is set to make a big announcement and re-launch on Thursday.
Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke plans to deliver his first major, written address on Thursday, offering a reset of his presidential campaign, a new focus and a fresh strategy for going forward in the wake of a mass shooting in O’Rourke’s hometown of El Paso that killed 22 people last week.
O’Rourke will recommit to holding President Trump accountable for the state of the country — and focus on the stakes of removing a president from office whom he has explicitly linked to the deaths of fellow El Pasoans, according to a senior campaign official.
He’ll focus heavily on three key issues: racism, white supremacy and guns — and plans to propose what the campaign calls “new, bold solutions.”
Beto is clearly changing tactics for his campaign and the El Paso shooting was the moment that changed everything.
O’Rourke has been polling between 0% and 5% in the 2020 Democrat Primary despite raising a whole lot of money.
The 2020 Primary field needs some serious whittling down, but Beto’s team insists that he’s not going anywhere. He has managed to qualify for the third round of debates, but if his peak polling is 5% nationally, there’s little chance of him making the top-tier.
This must be O’Rourke’s “Hail, Mary” play.
O’Rourke’s team remains adamant that despite his strong polling and fundraising base in Texas he will not — now or at any time — withdraw from the presidential contest to instead run for Senate against Republican incumbent John Cornyn.
Source: NBC News
Do you think his restructured campaign will win him the nomination?
(Sorry, something suddenly struck me as funny.)
If it does, do you think it’ll damage him in the general?
Let us know what you think in the comments.
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