Houston Chronicle calls on O'Rourke to end White House bid, run for Senate

The Houston Chronicle has called on former Rep. Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats’ virtual convention: report O’Rourke on Texas reopening: ‘Dangerous, dumb and weak’ Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (D-Texas) to end his presidential campaign and run for Senate instead.

In a post on Saturday, the editorial board said that a passionate answer that O’Rourke gave to a reporter about what President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE could do to prevent mass shootings in the wake of a massacre in El Paso, Texas, “made us wish O’Rourke would shift gears, and rather than unpause his presidential campaign, we’d like to see him take a new direction.”

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The former congressman’s response to the question quickly went viral.

“What do you think? You know the shit he’s been saying,” O’Rourke said of the president. “He’s been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. I don’t know, like, members of the press, what the f—?”

O’Rourke paused his White House bid following the shooting that left more than 20 dead to return to El Paso.

The alleged gunman in the El Paso shooting has been linked to a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto, which described fears of a Latino “invasion.” Several critics have drawn comparisons between the manifesto and Trump’s immigration rhetoric.

“There are times, it seems, in most presidential campaigns when the facades get stripped away like so many layers of paint,” the Chronicle wrote of O’Rourke’s response to the question. “What’s left is a human moment, usually fleeting, and not always flattering. But real — and often more telling than a season of advertisements.”

O’Rourke entered the race a top-tier candidate after a high-profile loss in his 2018 Senate race against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE (R), but has struggled to assert himself in the crowded primary.

“Drop out of the race for president and come back to Texas to run for senator,” the Chronicle wrote. “The chances of winning the race you’re in now are vanishingly small. And Texas needs you.”

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