If you should find yourself among the massive onslaught of democrats vying for the Oval Office come 2020, there are two ways in which you can attempt to stand out: Policy or politics. As we inch ever closer to the decisive moments of these campaigns, it has become clear that many are opting for the latter strategy.
To put it ever more bluntly: There are several candidates out there who are not interested in positing their policy positions in the public domain whatsoever, and who believe that petulantly putting down the President will be enough to see them rise to the top of the heap.
Beto O’Rourke is certainly erring on this side of the tactical divide, going so far as to tell the President himself that a visit to grief-stricken El Paso would be improper.
The President, however, does not feel like being chastised by a failed congressional candidate who’s polling at around 1% nationally.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday night mocked Beto O’Rourke’s performance in the Democratic presidential primary and commanded him to “be quiet” in the wake of a mass shooting in the former congressman’s hometown of El Paso, Texas, where the president will visit Wednesday.
“Beto (phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage) O’Rourke, who is embarrassed by my last visit to the Great State of Texas, where I trounced him, and is now even more embarrassed by polling at 1% in the Democrat Primary, should respect the victims & law enforcement – & be quiet!” the president wrote on Twitter.
Trump earlier Tuesday evening confirmed plans to travel to El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, on Wednesday and “meet with First Responders, Law Enforcement, and some of the victims of the terrible shootings” in the two cities that suffered mass shootings within 13 hours of each other over the weekend.
O’Rourke wasn’t the only politician who suggested that the President stay away from Dayton and El Paso either, with CNN parading out a number of democratic leaders who had the same message for Trump.
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