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GOP attacks on Beto O'Rourke: How President Trump and other Republicans criticize him

Trish Long, El Paso Times Published 11:04 a.m. MT March 13, 2019 | Updated 6:40 p.m. MT March 13, 2019CLOSE At an event in El Paso, Beto O’Rourke says he’ll make a 2020 announcement soon after reports suggest he will not challenge John Cornyn for Senate. Mark R Lambie, El Paso TimesEven though Beto O’Rourke…

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Published 11:04 a.m. MT March 13, 2019 | Updated 6:40 p.m. MT March 13, 2019

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At an event in El Paso, Beto O’Rourke says he’ll make a 2020 announcement soon after reports suggest he will not challenge John Cornyn for Senate.
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Even though Beto O’Rourke delayed an announcement on entering the presidential race, that hasn’t kept President Donald Trump and other prominent Republicans from attacking the former El Paso congressman.

The president took his first shots at O’Rourke during his failed Senate race against Ted Cruz. And Trump’s criticisms reached a pitch when O’Rourke and the president led dueling rallies in February in El Paso.

One Republican group considered O’Rourke enough of a threat to Trump — even before an announcement — that they began running ads against him in Iowa, Politco reported.

I will be doing a major rally for Senator Ted Cruz in October. I’m picking the biggest stadium in Texas we can find. As you know, Ted has my complete and total Endorsement. His opponent is a disaster for Texas – weak on Second Amendment, Crime, Borders, Military, and Vets!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2018

What Trump said about Beto during the Senate race

During a surprisingly close midterm Senate race in the Republican stronghold of Texas, Trump announced he would hold a rally for Cruz in Houston. Trump tweeted, “His opponent is a disaster for Texas — weak on Second Amendment, Crime, Borders, Military, and Vets!”

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Trump weighed in on the second debate of the Senate race — praising Cruz’s performance in the debate and his work in the Senate. He also wrote, “O’Rourke would blow it all.”

Beto O’Rourke is a total lightweight compared to Ted Cruz, and he comes nowhere near representing the values and desires of the people of the Great State of Texas. He will never be allowed to turn Texas into Venezuela!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2018

In his critique of the two candidates’ performances, Trump said, “Watched the debate last night & Beto O’Rourke, who wants higher taxes and far more regulations, is not in the same league with Ted Cruz & what the great people of Texas stand for & want.”

Trump signed off with “Beto is a Flake!”

As the October rally neared, Trump tweeted about O’Rourke again, calling him “a total lightweight.” He said, “He will never be allowed to turn Texas into Venezuela!” suggesting O’Rourke was a socialist.

Ted Cruz has done so much for Texas, including massive cuts in taxes and regulations – which has brought Texas to the best jobs numbers in the history of the state. He watches carefully over your 2nd Amendment. O’Rourke would blow it all! Ted has long had my Strong Endorsement!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2018

Watched the debate last night & Beto O’Rourke, who wants higher taxes and far more regulations, is not in the same league with Ted Cruz & what the great people of Texas stand for & want. Ted is strong on Crime, Border & 2nd A, loves our Military, Vets, Low Taxes. Beto is a Flake!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2018

Trump, Beto clash before 2020 primary announcement

After the November election, which O’Rourke lost by less than 3 percentage points, and as rumors built about a possible O’Rourke presidential campaign, Trump continued to goad the Congressman.

In December, O’Rourke promoted a video opposing Trump’s plans for a border wall; hours later, the president said during a bill-signing ceremony, “I thought you were supposed to win before you run for president.”

After mentioning El Paso, Texas, in his State of the Union pitch for a border wall, Trump planned a rally in O’Rourke’s home town. Trump again brought up O’Rourke’s loss in the Senate race.

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Trump talked about the crowded Democratic field running for president and said some of them he had never even heard of — including a “person who was a mayor of a city who was defeated.”

“How about Beto?” he continued as the crowd booed. “Beto was defeated, too. But he suffered a great defeat. Watch what the news does tomorrow, though, they won’t mention the disparity. … They’ll say, Beto O’Rourke — that’s his last name, right? O’Rourke? — Beto O’Rourke had a wonderful rally, of about 15 people.”

The size of the crowds at the rallies was widely fact-checked in the next days.

Trump and his had mocked O’Rourke and the crowd he would draw early during their El Paso visit.

“We were all challenged by a young man who lost an election to Ted Cruz, and then they said, ‘Hey, you’re supposed to win in order to win,’ ” the president said before introducing visiting Texas politicians, including Cruz, at his El Paso rally.

“A young man who’s got very little going for himself except he’s got a great first name,” Trump continued. “He challenged us, so we have let’s say 35,000 people tonight, and he has 200 people, 300 people. Not too good. What I would do is I would say that may be the end of his presidential bid, but he did challenge us.”

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Earlier, the president’s son son Donald Trump Jr. spoke and mentioned O’Rourke’s rally after starting a cheer of “USA! USA!.”

“If you were at the 50-person Beto rally down the road, and you chanted that … If you chanted ‘USA’ at that rally, I don’t know what would happen. It wouldn’t be good.”

Republican attacks on Beto

During the Senate race, Cruz and the Texas GOP launched a series of ads intended to describe O’Rourke as too liberal and too irresponsible to represent Texas.

However, Politico reports that the prominent conservative group Club for Growth has begun airing ads in Iowa attacking O’Rourke — from the left. The 2-minute commercial accuses O’Rourke of “white male privilege” and attacks his family connections.

MORE: Beto O’Rourke’s family has always called him ‘Beto’, here’s why

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Car accident kills three, including an El Paso man, Sunday in New Mexico

Sun-News report Published 9:00 a.m. MT March 26, 2019 | Updated 9:01 a.m. MT March 26, 2019CLOSE Do you know what to do if you’re in an accident? WochitHIDALGO COUNTY — A fiery crash along Interstate 10 in western New Mexico claimed three lives, including an El Paso man.New Mexico State Police responded to the fatal…

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Published 9:00 a.m. MT March 26, 2019 | Updated 9:01 a.m. MT March 26, 2019

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HIDALGO COUNTY — A fiery crash along Interstate 10 in western New Mexico claimed three lives, including an El Paso man.

New Mexico State Police responded to the fatal head-on collision at mile marker 19, near Lordsburg, about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24.

Police said a 2015 Freightliner semi-truck was traveling east on Interstate 10, when, for unknown reasons, it crossed the center median and hit a west-bound 2013 Kenworth semi-truck head on. The Freightliner’s trailer hit a 1999 Dodge pickup that was also traveling west. Both semi-trucks caught on fire.

Three people died in the crash: Sean White, 50, of West Covina, California, was the driver of the Freightliner; Jose Apodaca, 47, of El Paso, was the driver of the Kenworth; and Susan Rojo, 47, of Sierra Vista, Arizona, was a passenger in the Dodge.

A 51-year-old male driving the Dodge and a 13-year-old female passenger in the pickup, both believed to be from Arizona, were transported to an area hospital with critical injuries.

Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor and seat belt use has not been determined. Police are continuing to investigate.

More: A train hit a pedestrian in an El Paso crash Tuesday morning

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Beto campaign manager was aide to Barack Obama in 2012, signals shift in O'Rourke strategy

John C Moritz, El Paso Times Published 6:03 p.m. MT March 25, 2019 | Updated 7:37 a.m. MT March 26, 2019CLOSE Linguist Roberto Perezdiaz sheds light on the pronunciation and mispronunciation of the nickname ‘Beto.’ Mark R Lambie, El Paso TimesThe move signals the former El Paso congressman is willing to invest in top political…

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Published 6:03 p.m. MT March 25, 2019 | Updated 7:37 a.m. MT March 26, 2019

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The move signals the former El Paso congressman is willing to invest in top political talent as he seeks to emerge from a crowded field of Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination.

A former top strategist for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election effort is joining Texan Beto O’Rourke as a campaign manager for his 2020 presidential bid.

The addition of Jen O’Malley Dillon gives O’Rourke a seasoned, high-level operative as he attempts to distinguish himself in a crowded field of candidates seeking to challenge President Donald Trump next year.

“We’re exited that Jen O’Malley Dillon has joined our team,” O’Rourke said Monday in text message forwarded by his campaign. “Her leadership and creativity will be a great addition to a campaign that is already doing so much to bring people together to overcome the greatest set of challenges this country has ever faced.”

I’m so excited to join the @betoorourke team and get to work building a campaign that will lift people up and unite them to meet our challenges, and that will show up everywhere and listen to & value every voice.

— Jen O’Malley Dillon (@jomalleydillon) March 25, 2019

O’Malley Dillon was Obama’s deputy campaign manager. She said in a series of tweets that as a mother of two she wants to make a better world for her children. Her hiring was first reported by the New York Times.

“I’m so excited to join the @betoorourke team and get to work building a campaign that will lift people up and unite them to meet our challenges, and that will show up everywhere and listen to & value every voice,” she said in one of the tweets.

MORE: Beto O’Rourke campaign announces location for El Paso rally

She added, “and not gonna lie, pretty excited for our kids to get a chance to live in El Paso, where” her husband grew up.

Her husband, Patrick Dillon, was the deputy director of political affairs and special assistant to Obama.

O’Malley Dillon is a co-founder of the political communications firm, Precision Strategies, which worked for Obama in 2012 and also represents the John F. Kennedy Library and Foundation, according to its website.

Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston, said the hiring of O’Malley Dillon is a signal O’Rourke recognizes that he cannot run his presidential bid with the same seat-of-the pants style that became a trademark in his narrow loss to U.S.Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas last year.

“Getting someone who knows what it takes to win, especially an old Obama hand, is huge,” Rottinghaus said. “Going from a U.S. Senate campaign to a presidential campaign is like going from the minor leagues to the major leagues. This says Beto knows he needs top talent.”

MORE: Beto fundraising record: $6.1 million from donors is an ‘important number’ for O’Rourke

O’Rourke, a former three-term congressman, gave up a safe Democratic seat representing El Paso to challenge Cruz. He entered the presidential race March 14 and immediately hit the road to campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire and other early primary and caucus states on next year’s political calendar.

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Days after saying he would join the presidential race, O’Rourke said he had raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours after his formal announcement — the biggest first-day haul of any of the announced Democrats. He edged Bernie Sanders’ $5.9 million, raised from 223,000 individual donors. The O’Rourke campaign said later that it received 128,000 unique contributions.

O’Rourke plans what he’s calling a “launch” on Saturday with a morning rally in El Paso to be followed by two more home-state rallies — one in Houston that afternoon and a nighttime event in Austin, a block from the Texas Capitol.

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A train hit a pedestrian in an El Paso crash Tuesday morning

Aaron Martinez, El Paso Times Published 7:32 a.m. MT March 26, 2019 CLOSE If you know the man who on March 12 walked into the Walgreens at the Fountains at Farah and stole more than $600, you could earn a reward. Courtesy Crime Stoppers of El Paso, El Paso TimesA pedestrian was struck by a…

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If you know the man who on March 12 walked into the Walgreens at the Fountains at Farah and stole more than $600, you could earn a reward.
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A pedestrian was struck by a train early Tuesday morning in the Upper Valley, officials said.

The incident happened at Spur 16 and Doniphan Drive near Canutillo High School, El Paso Police Department officials said.

The pedestrian’s current condition and name were not released.

The El Paso Police Department’s Special Traffic Investigations unit is investigating the accident.

No further information has been released.

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Aaron Martinez may be reached at 546-6249; aamartinez@elpasotimes.com; @AMartinez31 on Twitter.

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