Trump Mocks Beto’s ‘Phony’ Nickname In Midnight Tweet Before El Paso Visit

EL PASO, TEXAS - AUGUST 04: Democratic presidential candidate and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke prepares to be interviewed outside Walmart near the scene of a mass shooting which left at least 20 people dead on August... EL PASO, TEXAS - AUGUST 04: Democratic presidential candidate and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke prepares to be interviewed outside Walmart near the scene of a mass shooting which left at least 20 people dead on August 4, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. A 21-year-old male suspect was taken into custody in the city which sits along the U.S.-Mexico border. At least 26 people were wounded. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) MORE LESS

President Donald Trump fired off a midnight tweet mocking Beto O’Rourke’s “phony” nickname “to indicate Hispanic heritage,” to which the former congressman quickly responded.

Trump sent the tweet just hours before he’s due in El Paso Wednesday, the site of a massacre inspired by the shooter’s belief in the “Great Replacement Theory” or xenophobic conviction that leftists are scheming to fill the country with foreigners of color.

O’Rourke is of Irish heritage, but was given his nickname as a child growing up in El Paso, a mixed-race community.

The Democratic presidential hopeful has had strong words for the President in the wake of the killings, angrily telling reporters that “you know the shit he’s been saying” and that “he’s not tolerating violence, he’s inciting racism and violence in this country.”

He, along with his congressional successor Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX), has asked Trump not to come to the site of the shooting, saying the community needs time to “heal.”

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