President Trump, on Eve of El Paso Visit, Tells Beto 'Phony Name' to 'Be Quiet'

Susan Jones | August 7, 2019 | 6:42am EDT
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Democratic presidential candidate, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, speaks at an interfaith vigil for victims of a mass shooting on August 4, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

( - In a late-night tweet, President Donald Trump told Democrat presidential hopeful and Trump-basher Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke to "be quiet."

The president wrote:

Beto (phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage) O’Rourke, who is embarrassed by my last visit to the Great State of Texas, where I trounced him, and is now even more embarrassed by polling at 1% in the Democrat Primary, should respect the victims & law enforcement - & be quiet!

The tweet comes on the eve of Trump's visit to El Paso, a town where 22 people were gunned down at the local Wal-Mart by a man expressing anti-immigrant views.

O'Rourke is among the Democrats who have all but blamed Trump's "rhetoric" for inspiring or inciting the mass shooting.

And O'Rourke did respond to Trump, tweeting: "22 people in my hometown are dead after an act of terror inspired by your racism. El Paso will not be quiet and neither will I."

Trump is expected to be met by protests in both Dayton and El Paso.

And at least one politician will shun him.

Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) represents El Paso in Texas, and she accuses the president of using language that "dehumanizes" immigrants and Hispanics.

"When you strip people from their humanity, that's what makes that kind of violence in that Walmart so easy for the killer," Escobar told CNN's Chris Cuomo Tuesday.

She said Trump "needs to take back his words," apparently referring to the time long ago when Trump warned "murderers" and "rapists" were among the "good people" coming to this country illegally.

He also has referred to the huge waves of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers as an "invasion."

"So you need to hear this president apologize for the things he's said?" Cuomo asked the congresswoman.

"And to acknowledge that they were wrong. And to take them back," Escobar responded.

"If he doesn't?" Cuomo asked.

"As far as I'm concerned, he should not be here until he does that," she replied.

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