“The View” co-host Meghan McCain confronted Beto O’Rourke after the Democratic presidential candidate likened a recent Trump campaign event to a Nazi Nuremberg rally.
“Asking four women of color to ‘go back’ to their own country, and then connect it with everything else that he’s doing — the press as the enemy of the people. There is only one path that will take us down,” O’Rourke said during an appearance on “The View” Tuesday.
The former Texas congressman contended that path leads to a “fascist” country, and it was time for “Americans of good conscience” to stand up to President Donald Trump’s extremism.
The previous day O’Rourke described Trump’s North Carolina campaign stop earlier this month as an “impromptu Nuremberg rally.”
“What we saw in North Carolina last week was almost an impromptu Nuremberg rally, inciting hatred and, ultimately, I think implicit in that, is violence against people based on the color of their skin, based on their religion, based on their difference from the majority of Americans,” he told ABC News.
Hitler used massive Nazi Party rallies at Nuremberg during the 1930s to put Germany on a war footing and stoke hatred against the Jewish people.
McCain was unwilling to let O’Rourke’s characterization go unchallenged.
“You’re talking about Trump supporters, comparing them to Nazis in Nuremberg, that sounds extreme to me as well,” she said.
“When Democrats come on here and wax poetic about extremism — I’m not saying Trump isn’t doing it, but you’re calling everybody that was in that North Carolina rally a Nazi.”
“So you have to understand, from my standpoint, it seems like the left is pretty extreme as well,” she added.
“You have to understand how it looks for people in the middle, thinking that ‘Maybe I don’t agree with everything the left is saying, so automatically you’re Nazis.’”
O’Rourke didn’t back down.
“We all have accountability for our actions and everyone who shouted to send them back is responsible for that as well,” he said as “The View” studio audience broke out into long sustained applause.
There is an extraordinary irony in O’Rourke’s charge that Trump and his supporters were having an “impromptu Nuremberg rally.”
A “send her back” chant directed at “squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar — who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia in the 1990s — started as the president recounted some of the Anti-Semitic statements she has made.
Among other things, Omar tweeted earlier this year that Israel enjoys such strong support in the Congress because Jewish interests are using “the Benjamins” to buy off American politicians.
Omar also came under fire this past spring when a 2012 tweet resurfaced in which she wrote, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
Just last week, Omar introduced an anti-Israel BDS (Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions) resolution, co-sponsored by “squad-mate” Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, upholding the right to boycott nations (but Israel was the clear, intended target).
Omar’s resolution likened Americans taking such action to boycotting Nazi Germany.
The BDS movement is a worldwide effort to financially ruin Israel for its alleged human rights violations through its “occupation” of Palestinian lands.
So let me get this straight. O’Rourke is accusing Trump of holding a Nuremberg-style rally because some of his supporters chanted that a congresswoman who has repeatedly made anti-Semitic statements and who wants to destroy Israel — America’s best ally in the Middle East and the only Jewish state — should be kicked out of the country.
Sounds like the opposite of a Nazi rally: instead of hating Jews, they are not willing to tolerate anti-Semitism.
Trump has disavowed the sentiment of the chant, but he has not pulled back from claiming Omar and other members of “the squad” are engaging in anti-Semitism.
Nonetheless, both Omar and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York have joined O’Rourke in calling Trump a fascist.
Israelis named a park and a town after him in the Jewish state, where he enjoys high popularity.
Trump has Jewish-Americans serving throughout his administration, including his own son-in-law, Jared Kushner, with the White House staff.
Something tells me if Adolf Hitler were alive today, there is no way in hell he would see Trump as a friend to the Nazi cause.
Quite the opposite would be true: The president would surely be the target of Hitler’s rage.
The repeated charges by O’Rourke and others that Trump and his supporters are racists, or worse, fascists, shows just how desperate and unserious many Democrat politicians have become.
McCain was right to call O’Rourke out: Democrats are the ones who have become extreme.
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