Beto O'Rourke Accuses Lawmaker of Death Threat With AR-15 Tweet

Cheryl Sanders
September 13, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke claims the perpetrator of last month's mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, was "inspired to kill by our president".

Beto O'Rourke once again called President Donald Trump a "white supremacist" during the Democratic Party's 2020 debate on Thursday night, saying that the USA leader "poses a mortal threat to people of color".

"My AR is ready for you Robert Francis", Cain tweeted, referring to O'Rourke by his birth name.

O'Rourke called the tweet "a death threat" that proved his argument that such weapons shouldn't be readily available.

The Twitter policy that Cain violated, according to a Twitter spokesperson, was the rule that "You may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people".

Since O'Rourke's run for Senate, there have been several mass shootings across the United States, including in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, which he has said has changed his views on gun control.

Cain didn't immediately respond to a reporter's request for comment.

Mr O'Rourke responded: "Clearly, you shouldn't own an AR-15 - and neither should anyone else".

He then vowed, "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47".

Within hours, Twitter took down Briscoe Cain's post, which O'Rourke's campaign labeled a "death threat".

Mr Cain later hit back on Twitter, calling Mr O'Rourke "a child". O'Rourke's staff reported they were seeing record online fund-raising numbers in the wake of his comments. Many cited President Donald Trump's divisive rhetoric on immigrants and people of color for inspiring the act.

Since the mass shooting in El Paso, O'Rourke has been emphatic about what a mandatory buyback would mean. "People were murdered. The language you are using and the way you are using it is unsafe".

His tweet came during a politically charged moment in Texas over gun control following the El Paso shooting and a Labor Day weekend rampage in West Texas that left seven people dead.

"Racism in America is endemic", O'Rourke said during the ABC News debate in Houston, Texas, with the 10 highest-polling candidates in the Democratic Party's 2020 primaries.

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