President Donald Trump has slammed Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke right in his home state of Texas, saying, “that’s the end of him” to “get rid of guns” and “get rid of religion” in a few weeks.
During a campaign rally at American Airlines Arena in Dallas on Thursday, Oct. 17, President Trump targeted his attacks at O’Rourke after the former Texas congressman has recently proposed to confiscate certain types of guns and tax religious institutions if they oppose gay marriage.
“Last week, a very dumb Democrat candidate for president, that’s the end of him in this state, pledged to revoke the tax-exempt status of many churches and religious charities,” President Trump said.
“That was after a few weeks ago he said, ‘Excuse me, we’re going to take your guns away.’ That doesn’t work well.”
“And I called him … the flailer,” the president said before the massive crowd of attendees, reminding them of O’Rourke’s flailing arms that he said he had noticed.
“You remember he was flailing all over the place. I said why is this guy hot? John Cornyn’s gonna win so easily, just like Ted Cruz,” the president said.
“But John Cornyn is not talking about Beto anymore, because Beto in a few short weeks got rid of guns, and got rid of religion. Those are not two good things in Texas to get rid of,” President Trump continued.
According to The Hill, the president was suggesting that O’Rourke’s chances of running a successful Senate campaign against Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn would be doomed by his performance on the presidential campaign trail. Last year, O’Rourke ran an unsuccessful Senate campaign against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
O’Rourke, who served three terms as a congressman, has made gun control a central part of his presidential campaign. He has proposed a mandatory buyback program of assault weapons and suggested an individual would be fined if not handing over a banned weapon.
Last week, O’Rourke said in during an LGBT forum that he thought any religious institutions that refuse to perform same-sex marriages should lose their tax-exempt status.
Speaking at the rally, President Trump declared that, “I will never allow the federal government to be used to punish Americans for their religious beliefs.”
“We will stand strong for family, faith, God, and for country,” the president said.