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Beto O’Rourke says Donald Trump uses Nazi Germany ‘Third Reich’ rhetoric

April 5, 2019

Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said President Trump uses “rhetoric you might have heard” during Nazi Germany’s “Third Reich,” listing the president’s choices on immigration, family separation and travel bans as comparative to Hitler.

“Calling human beings an infestation is something we might have expected to hear in Nazi Germany. Describing immigrants who have a track record of committing crimes at a lower rate than native-born Americans as rapists and criminals,” Mr. O’Rourke said to reporters in Sioux City, Iowa.

“Seeking to ban all Muslims, all people of one religion what other country on the face of the planet does that kind of thing, or in our human history, or in the history of the Western world because they are somehow deficient of violent or a threat to us. Putting kids in cages. Saying that neo-Nazi’s and Klansman and white supremacists are ‘very fine people,’” the former three-term congressman added.

“You draw your own conclusions, but this is not something I suspected to hear a president of the United States of America ever say,” the Texas Democrat concluded.

Mr. O’Rourke added the country will continue to see these results “if we don’t call out racism.”

“Silence is complicity in what the administration is doing. So let’s call it out,” he added.

Mr. O’Rourke announced his candidacy in March and since then has raised $9 million for his campaign. He has consistently placed third in voting behind former Vice President Joseph Biden and Sen. Bernard Sanders.