Beto On Latest Texas Shooting: ‘This Is F*cked Up’

Democratic presidential hopeful and former US Representative for Texas' 16th congressional district Beto O'Rourke speaks to the crowd during a prayer and candle vigil organized by the city, after a shooting left 20 p... Democratic presidential hopeful and former US Representative for Texas' 16th congressional district Beto O'Rourke speaks to the crowd during a prayer and candle vigil organized by the city, after a shooting left 20 people dead at the Cielo Vista Mall WalMart in El Paso, Texas, on August 4, 2019. - The United States mourned Sunday for victims of two mass shootings that killed 29 people in less than 24 hours as debate raged over whether President Donald Trump's rhetoric was partly to blame for surging gun violence. The rampages turned innocent snippets of everyday life into nightmares of bloodshed: 20 people were shot dead while shopping at a crowded Walmart in El Paso, Texas on Saturday morning, and nine more outside a bar in a popular nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio just 13 hours later. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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September 1, 2019 10:01 a.m.

2020 Democratic candidate and Texas native Beto O’Rourke hasn’t minced words this weekend in his response to Saturday’s shooting in the Texas cities of Midland and Odessa.

A gunman went on a shooting spree in Midland and Odessa on Saturday, leaving 4 dead and 21 injured. Law enforcement said that the suspected shooter, allegedly a white man, was killed during a police shootout.

“I don’t know what the motivation is, we do not yet know the firearms that were used or how they acquired them,” O’Rourke told supporters during a campaign stop on Saturday night after he was alerted to the shooting. “But we do know this is fucked up.”

O’Rourke, whose native city of El Paso experienced a deadly shooting just one a month ago, doubled down on his response on Sunday during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Expressing his frustration over the country’s high rates of gun violence, the candidate told “State of the Union” host Dana Bash that no other country “comes close.”

“So yes, this is fucked up,” O’Rourke said. “And if we don’t call it out for what it is, if we’re not able to speak clearly, if we’re not able to act decisively, then we will continue to have this kind of bloodshed in America. And I cannot accept that.”

Watch O’Rourke below:

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