President Donald Trump on Wednesday reproached Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s call for mandatory buyback of assault weapons as it has spiraled out of control, and how reaching a bipartisan agreement has been made ever more difficult by O’Rourke’s far-reaching ideals.
“Dummy Beto made it much harder to make a deal. Convinced many that Dems just want to take your guns away. Will continue forward!” the president tweeted on Wednesday.
Beto quickly shot back at the president’s tweet on Wednesday while ruling out all possibilities of reaching a common ground on gun safety legislation tweeting: “To be clear: We will buy back every single assault weapon.”
“The only thing stopping us from ending this epidemic is you & your cowardice,” O’Rourke responded on Twitter while demanding him to “Do the right thing.”
“The Democrats have always wanted to take your guns. Beto is the one stupid enough to say it,” said Jesse Watters, host of Watters’ World on Fox News.
“Beto is a manchild—I honestly believe he was seriously and genuinely affected by the mass shooting, but now he’s shrunk his candidacy down to a single issue that will never grow up into anything nationally,” Watters continued.
“You guys have always wanted to chip away at the Second Amendment, and Beto came along with a chainsaw and said ‘Let’s go,’” the Watters’ World host added, while noting that Democrats tend to win national elections when candidates appear moderate, but not when they act like O’Rourke, Fox News reports.
Watters also told co-host Juan Williams that, because of the focus on stringent gun control policies, Americans who own firearms are trusting Democrats even less.
“The president, as he assesses the best way ahead, the best set of policy proposals, is really looking for ideas that can make a significant difference, that are meaningful…to making progress here,” according to an interview of White House Legislative Affairs Director Eric Ueland by Roll Call in early September. “If and when the president provides direction on the next steps, I’m sure that will be communicated out pretty directly.”
“[expletive], that’s not enough,” O’Rourke raged. “Neither is poll-testing your message. Gun violence is a life or death issue—and we have to represent the bold ideas of people all over the country.”
The former Texas congressman just couldn’t stop cursing.
“We’re averaging about 300 mass shootings a year. No other country comes close. So yes, this is [expletive] up,” O’Rourke said.
According to a report by CNN, O’Rourke’s profanity has been so pronounced that, ABC and the Democratic National Committee emailed the 10 candidates and their campaigns in advance of the third Democratic presidential debate in Houston last week with a simple message: Don’t curse.
Perhaps cursing at the general public is the least of O’Rourke’s concerns when it comes to outlawing assault weapons.
“Hell, yes, we are going to take your AR-15, your AK-47!” O’Rourke passionately shouted at his own mandatory firearm buyback proposal at a campaign event in Charlottesville, Virginia.
But not even Democrats would buy what O’Rourke had to say on guns.
O’Rourke has been criticized, including by numerous Democrats, for taking an unrealistic and provocative position that only made it more difficult to even strike a deal on less extreme reforms, according to the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman.
“As you know, Beto O’Rourke has thrown gasoline on this discussion” by “suggesting that even law-abiding citizens would see their AR-15s, AK-47s confiscated by the federal government,” U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (D-Texas) said. “Unfortunately, I think he’s set back the debate a lot, maybe not just by years but by decades.”