Arguments are becoming heated between President Donald Trump and Texas Democrat politicians who do not welcome his planned visit to El Paso on Wednesday, with the president Tuesday night telling presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke to “be quiet” with his criticisms after a deadly Saturday shooting at a Walmart claimed 22 lives.
“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!” Trump tweeted.
O’Rourke, a former U.S. Representative, retorted that he and El Paso will not be quiet about the shootings or about the president himself.
“22 people in my hometown are dead after an act of terror inspired by your racism,” he tweeted early Wednesday. “El Paso will not be quiet and neither will I.”
The salvos come after with comments made by Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, who tweeted on Tuesday that she has turned down an invitation from the White House to meet with Trump in El Paso “because I refuse to be an accessory to his visit.”
She also said she’d requested a phone call with him to discuss what she was hearing from her constituents, but was told he was “too busy.”
Both Escobar and O’Rourke said that instead of meeting with Trump, they’ll attend an event on Wednesday in El Paso, whose organizers said Trump is not welcome in the city and “his narrative around immigrants and Central Americans should not be welcome anywhere.”