Trump Shreds Beto 'The Flailer' O'Rourke During Texas Rally
President mocks 2020 Democrat during packed-out re-election campaign event in Dallas
President Donald Trump shredded Democratic 2020 candidate Beto O'Rourke during his packed re-election campaign event in Dallas Thursday night, mocking the Texas Democrat as "The Flailer."
President Trump mocked Beto's failing 2020 campaign while blasting his anti-Christian and anti-Second Amendment policies.
“I called him right, remember? the flailing arms?” Trump asked while waving his arms around.
“Nobody noticed it, I noticed it."
"'The Flailer:' Remember, he was flailing all over the place.”
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Trump described O’Rourke as “very dumb” for campaigning on taking away some semi-automatic rifles from American gun owners and revoking tax-exempt status for religious organizations.
“Beto in a few short weeks got rid of guns and got rid of religion – those are not too good things in Texas to get rid of,” Trump said as the crowd booed.
After O’Rourke announced his campaign in March, Trump mocked him for his “crazy” hand movements while speaking.
Trump said to reporters at the time:
"I think he’s got a lot of hand movement. I’ve never seen so much hand movement.
"I said, ‘Is he crazy or is that just how he acts?’
"I’ve never seen so much hand movement.
"I watched him a little while this morning… I’ve actually never seen anything quite like it.
"Study it. I’m sure you’ll agree."
O’Rourke is suffering in recent polls, earning only 2-3 percent nationally.
The former Texas congressman hosted a counter-rally to Trump on Thursday night, just 14 miles away from the Trump event.
During a town hall last week, Beto promised to strip churches and other organizations of their tax-exempt status if they didn't support the LGBTQ cause and oppose same-sex marriage.
CNN's Don Lemon asked O'Rourke how such a move could be implemented in organizations steeped in traditional religious beliefs about marriage.
"This is from your LGBTQ plan, and here's what you write, here's a quote, 'Freedom of religion is a fundamental right, but it should not be used to discriminate,'" Lemon said.
"Do you think religious institutions, like colleges, churches, charities, should they lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage?" Lemon asked.
"Yes," O'Rourke replied, as the LGBTQ audience applauded.
"There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone or any institution, any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us," O'Rourke added.
"And so as president, we're gonna make that a priority," he said.