Beto O’Rourke claims Trump inspired El Paso gunman

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Struggling Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke is getting desperate in his quest to appeal to the far-left base, even declaring on his campaign website Thursday night: "The president of the United States of America is a white supremacist".

According to The Dallas Morning News, Twitter took Cain's tweet down.

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

The offending tweet came from Texas state Rep. Briscoe Cain. "My sons and I have gone skeet shooting and hunting and, frankly, I don't think having our presidential candidates, like congressman O'rourke did, say that we're going to try and take people's guns against their will is a wise either policy or political move".

Former congressman Beto O'Rourke's vow to take AR-15s from gun owners appears to represent a stark reversal from his failed Senate run a year ago.

"If the high-impact, high-velocity round, when it hits your body, shreds everything inside of your body because it was created to do that so that you would bleed to death on a battlefield ... when we see that being used against children", O'Rourke said.

Spokespeople for the FBI's Houston bureau did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday night. O'Rourke's hometown of El Paso also was the scene of a recent mass shooting. "They're not normally people who are out there shooting deer with them". Asked by a reporter earlier this month if he could address fears that the government was going to take away people's assault rifles, he replied, "That's exactly what we're going to do".

His campaign has even produced a shirt with the slogan. The attack killed seven people and injured more than 20.

"Most reasonable gun owners who may even be collectors with those kinds of weapons can have a conversation about the fact that they don't want any Tom, Dick, and Harry stockpiling them in their apartment and then carting them off to Walmart because they're angry at an employee or they just don't like brown people", she added.

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