“We have to acknowledge the hatred, the open racism that we’re seeing,” O’Rourke told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “There is an environment of it in the United States. We see it on Fox News; we see it on the Internet; and we see it from our commander-in-chief. He is encouraging this.
“He doesn’t just tolerate it, he encourages it, calling immigrants rapists and criminals and seeking to ban all people of one religion. Folks are responding to this. It doesn’t just offend us, it encourages the violence we’re seeing including in my home town of El Paso [Saturday].”