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Beto O'Rourke claims it is 'really hard' to believe President Trump's supporters are not racist

'Donald Trump is dangerous to the future of America'

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Democratic presidential contender Beto O'Rourke said on CNN's "State of then Union" Sunday that if you vote for President Donald Trump then you are probably racist.

"You said to me last week that you thought President Trump was a white nationalist," host Jake Tapper said. "President Trump won your home state of Texas by nine points. Almost 63 million Americans voted for him. Do you think it is racist to vote for President Trump in 2020?"

"I think it's really hard," O'Rourke responded after a long pause.

The former Texas congressman went on to explain why he believes the president is racist, citing Trump's "repeated warnings of invasions, to his repeated calls to send them back," Trump's "description of white nationalists and Klansmen and neo-Nazis as 'very fine people,'" and Trump's so-called Muslim travel ban.

"Donald Trump is dangerous to the future of America, and will destroy what makes us so unique and so special and the genius that we represent to ourselves and to the rest of the world," O'Rourke said.

At the end of his interview, O'Rourke appealed Americans to vote for a presidential candidate who will bring "this very divided and highly polarized country together," instead of a candidate who will "try to divide us on our differences."

Not only did O'Rourke declare Trump a white supremacist last week, but he partially blamed the president for the tragic El Paso massacre that left 22 people dead.

O'Rourke: It's 'Really Hard' to See People Voting for Trump If They Aren't Racist

This story has been updated.

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