Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke smeared law enforcement officials on Wednesday and said police are “the new Jim Crow.”
During a town hall at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, O’Rourke — who is challenging Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in the hotly contested race — tore into police and claimed many continue to target African-Americans.
“Talking about criminal justice reform, let’s talk about where this problem started. When contractors needed labor, they would talk to local law enforcement who would arrest African-Americans for idling, for petty crimes, frivolous offenses. Those contractors would describe the number of bodies that they needed and law enforcement would provide those bodies. And when they look at the remains in that graveyard, they see evidence of muscles literally torn from the bone, people being worked to death in these convict chain gangs, people who became convicts solely by dint of the color of their skin, in a system that was radically unjust, following what we thought was the end of that injustice at the end of the Civil War.”
O’Rourke went on to compare police officers to those who implemented racist Jim Crow laws of the post-Civil War South.
“That injustice, to many more people here than I know firsthand, continues to persist today. That system of suspending somebody, solely based on the color of their skin; searching that person solely based on the color of their skin; stopping that person solely based on the color of their skin; shooting that person solely based on the color of their skin; throwing the book at that person and letting them rot behind bars solely based on the color of their skin, is why some have called this, I think it is an apt description, the new Jim Crow.”
Oddly enough, O’Rourke had a much different tone about police just four days ago. On Saturday, the Texas Democrat offered his condolences to an officer who was killed in the line of duty, and praised the work of law enforcement to protect communities.
“My thoughts are with the family of Fort Worth police officer Garrett Hull who has died in the line of duty,” O’Rourke tweeted. “And with all of those women and men who served alongside him keeping our communities and our state safe.”
My thoughts are with the family of Fort Worth police officer Garrett Hull who has died in the line of duty. And with all of those women and men who served alongside him, keeping our communities and our state safe. https://t.co/NJqJOt2BZw
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 15, 2018
The Texas race for Senate has been heating up in recent weeks. A recent poll showed Cruz with a 9 percent lead over O’Rourke, but Democrats have been pouring a lot of time and resources into the race to flip the seat from Red to Blue.
But if O’Rourke continues to smear police, compare them to racists, and claim that many officers go to work every day looking to target African-Americans, that certainly won’t sit well with most Texans.
O’Rourke’s tweet perfectly encapsulates the importance of voting in November. He supports banning assault rifles, opening up immigration, undoing President Donald Trump’s tax cuts, and has flirted with the idea of abolishing ICE.
He supports many dangerous, far-left policies. And, he apparently believes police are racist against African-Americans.