Beto Pushes Misleading ‘Muslim Ban’ Comments On CNN; Nobody Calls Him Out
2020 hopeful also remarked on supposed unrest in Charlottesville
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke peddled misleading statements about Donald Trump’s so-called “Muslim ban” and remarked the unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia on CNN's “State of the Union."
Host Jake Tapper failed to challenge Beto on his statements.
Tapper started the segment by asking O’Rourke about his assessment a week ago, where he labeled the president a “white nationalist,” adding, “I just wonder, sir, President Trump won your home state of Texas by nine points, almost 63 million Americans voted for him, do you think it is racist to vote for President Trump in 2020?”
“I think it is really hard. After everything that we’ve seen from his time as a candidate in 2016 to his repeated warnings of invasions to his repeated calls to send them back,” O’Rourke explained.
The 2020 hopeful then added misleading statements about the so-called “Muslim ban" and Charlottesville.
“Sending back people who are U.S. citizens, sending back people who were born in this country, his description of white nationalists and klansmen and neo-Nazis as ‘very fine people’ and warning of Muslims being defective or dangerous and attempting to ban — to ban them from entry into this country and his transgender troop ban and his attack on anyone who does not look like or pray like or love like a majority of the country,” O’Rourke claimed.
But the former Texas congressmen ignored the fact that Trump had already clarified his statement following the Charlottesville protests, while roundly condemning white nationalism and neo-Nazis.
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Tapper, who previously noted Trump's clarification, failed to push back against Beto.
Tapper also failed to push back on O’Rourke’s claim that the president attempted to ban Muslims from entering the country.
The so-called “Muslim ban” - strictly limited travel from problem countries like Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen but did not affect the other 45 Muslim-majority nations in the world.
“Donald Trump is dangerous to the future of America and will destroy what makes us so unique and so special, and the genius that we represent to ourselves and to the rest of the world and so I appeal to my fellow Americans to choose a candidate who will bring this very divided and highly polarized country together,” O’Rourke concluded.
Last month, O’Rourke backed Nike's cancellation fo the 1776 Betsy Ross flag, which he agreed had become a symbol of white nationalism.
Beto remarked while stumping at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, where he praised Nike for pulling the flag design from a planned sneaker design due for release on July 4.