WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nexstar) — Democratic presidential candidateBeto O’Rourke says he is heading back to the campaign trail.
The former El Paso Congressmanput his presidential campaign on pause for nearly two weeks after the massshooting in his hometown. But O’Rourke says he is ready to campaign again.
In Mississippi, he says he’llmeet with the families impacted by last weekend’s immigration arrests ofhundreds of allegedly undocumented workers.
“Where Donald Trump has beenterrorizing and terrifying and demeaning our fellow Americans, that’s where youwill find me in this campaign,” said O’Rourke.
He says his hometown was just the latest victim of President Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda, and blamed the president’s racist rhetoric for the recent mass shooting in El Paso.
“We must take the fight directly to the source of this problem. That person who has caused this pain and placed this country in this moment of peril, and that is Donald Trump.”
Trump’s campaign was quick torespond. A campaign spokesperson said in a statement: “Beto O’Rourke isnow using the tragedy in his hometown to bolster his struggling presidentialbid.”
O’Rourke says his campaign nowhas a new focus.