O’Rourke was the fourth 2020 Democrat candidate to visit with protesters at the facility, where thousands of young people, mostly teens and most of whom arrived unaccompanied, are being held temporarily until they can be placed with U.S. sponsors.
Several other 2020 Dems — Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont — also visited the facility.
O’Rourke, greeted and briefed by local activists, turned his visit into a rally. He spent roughly half an hour atop a ladder overlooking the fence around the facility.
“He who denies the stranger or the outcast, he also denies America,” said O’Rourke, citing Robert Kennedy.
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“Instead of reuniting them with their families, we are incarcerating them in tents in a for-profit facility with no oversight,” he added. He went on to demand that the Homestead facility, and every other one like it, be shut down.
Then, in Spanish, O’Rourke said, “We must reunite every boy and girl here with their family.”
Blames Trump. Then, of course, O’Rourke pointed the finger of blame at President Donald Trump.
“Donald Trump has done this; [we must] change who is in the White House going forward,” O’Rourke said.
He forgot to mention that the Homestead facility was first opened under the Barack Obama administration. (Oops!)
Expect more of the 2020 Democratic field to show up for photo-ops and tell every lie they can about the president and the entire situation.
But don’t expect any of them to tell their audience that Obama did it first.
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.
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