O'Rourke blasts Trump: 'Most racist president that we've had since Andrew Johnson'

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Democratic Presidential candidate, and former Texas Congressman, Beto O'Rourke, joined Chris Cuomo in El Paso where he continued to blame President Trump and his racist, anti-immigrant rhetoric for the weekend's mass shooting. The former Representative for El Paso told Cuomo, "You only have an attack like this when you have a president who gives people permission to act on this hatred and this racism and this intolerance. We must connect those dots. If we fail to do that, we're complicit in the violence we will continue to see across America." Earlier in the day, O’Rourke took to Twitter to let the President know he had ‘no place’ in El Paso The El Paso shooting has now claimed 22 lives and is being treated as a case of domestic terrorism. While speaking with Cuomo, O'Rourke pointed to the rise in hate crimes since Trump came into power and cited additional examples of Trump's rhetoric manifesting into crimes. Beto Tree of Life synagogue shooter's reference of migrant caravans and the arson attack on a Texas mosque the same day Trump called for a Muslim travel ban. Earlier in the day, President Trump publicly condemned white supremacy and racism in the wake of the weekend's shootings. So when Cuomo asked Beto for a response to the President's comments, Beto quickly pointed out the hypocrisy:On Monday, Democratic Presidential candidate, and former Texas Congressman, Beto O’Rourke joined CNN's Chris Cuomo in El Paso, Texas where he continued to blame President Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric for this weekend's mass shooting at a Walmart. The former Representative for El Paso told Cuomo, "You only have an attack like this when you have a president who gives people permission to act on this hatred and this racism and this intolerance. We must connect those dots. If we fail to do that, we're complicit in the violence we will continue to see across America."