Former Rep. Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeDemocratic strategist: ‘Very short-sighted’ to ditch ObamaCare in favor of ‘Medicare for All’ 2020 Democrats call for Labor Secretary Acosta’s resignation after Epstein arrest The Hill’s 12:30 Report: First debate, fundraising shake-up 2020 Dem rankings MORE (D-Texas) this week told a group of immigrants and refugees living in Nashville, Tenn., that the U.S. was founded on the concepts of white supremacy and slavery.
During a roundtable event hosted by a local organization that works with immigrants, the presidential candidate pointed to his home state’s history in the Confederacy while arguing that the legacy of racism persists in U.S. institutions.
“I know this from my home state, Texas, places that formed the Confederacy, that this country was founded on white supremacy,” he said, according to the Tennessean. “And every single institution and structure that we have in this country still reflects the legacy of slavery and segregation and Jim Crow and suppression, even in our democracy.”
He made the remarks in response to a question about how he would tackle white supremacy if elected president.
O’Rourke in recent weeks has attempted to reboot his 2020 presidential campaign after his initial success in fundraising and the polls was overshadowed by front-runners like former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden and Obama take another literary spin as crime-fighting duo Trump confidant: Acosta will be gone in weeks The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump under pressure to jettison Labor secretary MORE and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSteyer rolls out largest TV ad buy of Democratic primary so far: report Biden campaign looks to correct early stumbles Progressives face steep odds in ousting incumbent Democrats MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSteyer rolls out largest TV ad buy of Democratic primary so far: report Trump confidant: Acosta will be gone in weeks The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump under pressure to jettison Labor secretary MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTrump confidant: Acosta will be gone in weeks The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump under pressure to jettison Labor secretary Biden campaign looks to correct early stumbles MORE (D-Calif.).
During a May interview on ABC’s “The View,” O’Rourke appeared regretful over some aspects of his campaign launch, which featured an interview with Vanity Fair where he said he was “born” to run despite saying throughout 2018 that he would not run for president in 2020.