O’Rourke Condemns ‘Polarizing Rhetoric’ After Penn. Shootings

Exclusive Jimplecute Interview Touches on Hot Topics

By BOB PALMER,

Jimplecute Editor

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Rep. Beto O’Rouke (TX-16) addresses supporters at the Excelsior House Hotel in Jefferson in March.

In the wake of last Saturday’s shooting rampage at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Penn. that claimed 8 lives, US Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke urged everyone, in an exclusive interview with Jimplecute on Tuesday, to step back from the verbal ledge. “There is so much divisiveness right now,” O’Rourke said, so much polarizing rhetoric. What we’re challenged with in national life is be respectful to one another, treat each other with civility, and the only way to meet that challenge, I think, is try to lead by example.” O’Rourke believes civil debate and courtesy are part of the Texas tradition.

“I think Texas has distinguished itself by not falling prey to that small stuff, and we got to be there for one another, even if we don’t agree with one another all the time,” O’Rourke said. “I hope that given what happened in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life Synagogue this weekend, given the pipe bombs mailed to political leaders all over the country, that we can meet this challenge by restoring the sanity and dignity of the world’s greatest democracy.”

The El Paso Democrat knows it will not be easy. “The only way to do it is to walk that talk, so I’m going to do my best to try to be part of that example here in Texas,” O’Rourke said.
O’Rourke also saw President Trump’s suggestion that he could end birthright citizenship for the children of aliens by executive order as probably unconstitutional. “I don’t know that it will pass constitutional muster, and I think if we want to amend the constitution on this issue we should have that debate and that discussion,” the El Paso congressman said. “But I don’t believe the president has the power to deny citizenship conferred by the Constitution.”

O’Rourke also spoke on the suitability of East Texas as a hub in the nation’s cybersecurity
effort. “Texas is actually in the lead on this issue. San Antonio is now the epicenter of the
cybersecurity defense specialization, and in potential commercial spin off for small businesses, for private industry, for economic growth and the kind of high-value, high-wage, high-skilled jobs we want to see more of in Texas,” O’Rourke said.

“I want to make sure that we play supreme on national defense but that we also recognize that much as the internet was spawned from public investment in our defense needs, cybersecurity can have tremendous private sector potential for small business owners in Jefferson or in Tyler or in El Paso, Texas, where I’m from.” O’Rourke expressed appreciation for the courtesy he has encountered on the campaign trail.

“I got to tell you, every time we’ve been to East Texas and we just last week spent some time in Lufkin and in Longview and Tyler and then moved a little further west and north to Midlothian, we experienced just extraordinary kindness. Whether or not someone’s going to vote for me, belongs to the same political party, I think to the excellent question asked at the outset of this interview, this is our opportunity to come together, and to be respectful to one another, and whoever wins make sure everyone is represented.”

 

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