President Trump on Wednesday, Aug. 7, confirmed his visit to El Paso and responded to criticism from 2020 Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke, who placed blame on the president for the massacre.

“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!” President Trump wrote in a tweet.

The president’s comment came shortly after O’Rourke joined Rep. Venorica Escobar (D-Texas), who also lashed out at the president, in protesting the president’s visit to the city.

Over the past several days, the Democratic contender and El Paso native, has put out incessant criticism that links President Trump’s rhetoric and the gunman in the El Paso shooting who said that his views on immigration “predate” Donald Trump’s presidency, reported the Insider.

O’Rourke appeared to be the first person who generated fire over the president in the aftermath of the weekend’s tragedy, declaring the president a “racist” and going so far as to compare the president’s rally to Nazi Germany’s Third Reich, according to the Fox News.

O’Rourke who was a lackluster candidate at the 2020 presidential battleground as he has remained stuck in low single digits in most polls with a disappointing fundraising haul, now seems to have regained the national spotlight.

President Donald Trump confirmed his visit to the cities despite Democrats’ protest, saying, “Will be going to Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, tomorrow to meet with First Responders, Law Enforcement, and some of the victims of the terrible shootings.”