One rising-star in the Democratic Party wonders if the nation’s founding principles are relevant today and believes America’s southern border is “fully secured.”
During an interview with The Washington Post, Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke questioned if the U.S. Constitution is too outdated to address the issues facing the nation.
The WaPo reporter asked O’Rourke how he “boomeranged between a bright-eyed hope that the United States will soon dramatically change its approach to a whole host of issues and a dismal suspicion that the country is now incapable of implementing sweeping change.”
When asked for specifics on whether the founding principals can keep the nation from declining, O’Rourke gave a mind-boggling response.
“Does this still work?” O’Rourke asked. “Can an empire like ours with military presence in over 170 countries around the globe, with trading relationships … and security agreements in every continent, can it still be managed by the same principles that were set down 230-plus years ago?”
Later in the interview, the former Texas lawmaker falsely claimed that the U.S. border with Mexico is “already fully secured” and that building a wall to combat illegal immigration “will ensure death” of innocent civilians.
“You will ensure death,” he said, referring to President Donald Trump’s goal of building a wall. “You and I, as Americans, have caused the deaths of others through these walls.”
O’Rourke is also considering a presidential run in 2020 and is expected to announce his decision in the coming months.
Many have found O’Rourke’s comments to be disturbing, especially given a former member of Congress questioned if the nation’s founding principles are relevant today.
This is also the second time in recent weeks where O’Rourke has made bizarre comments about the proposed border wall.
While speaking at a town hall last month in Texas, the 49-year-old Democrat argued that people have died because of the border wall.
“The number of people dying at the U.S.-Mexico border in some years has grown,” O’Rourke said.
“In some years has grown because it’s connected to that wall that we have already built that pushes people who are at their most desperate and vulnerable to ever-more inhospitable stretches of the Chihuahua Desert,” he added.
Border Patrol reported 329 migrant deaths in 2016. In 2017, 294 deaths. Seven were children. The solution is not more walls. It's not more partisanship and rhetoric. It's making sure our laws match our values as a nation of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers the world over. pic.twitter.com/tFHy9AvCZb
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) December 14, 2018
O’Rourke was arguing that a vast majority of the migrants likely died because those chose to take dangerous routes to illegally enter the country.
He was wrongly asserting that the wall and barriers are at fault because migrants are forced to seek more dangerous routes to illegally enter the country.
O’Rourke has made a slew of other controversial remarks this year since becoming a well-known name in politics.
In October, he smeared law enforcement officials and said police are “the new Jim Crow.”
O’Rourke also previously made it clear that he supports bans on assault rifles, opening up immigration and reversing President Donald Trump’s tax cuts that were passed last December.