Struggling Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke is getting desperate in his quest to appeal to the far-left base, even declaring on his campaign website Thursday night: "The president of the United States of America is a white supremacist."
What are the details?
O'Rourke is seeking to breathe life into his campaign amid consistently weak polling performances, and apparently used the occasion of the third Democratic presidential primary debate to go for broke.
The former congressman — who gained national name recognition after his failed attempt to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R) last year — made headlines early in the evening Thursday when he proudly announced from the debate stage: "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15."
According to Politico reporter Holly Otterbein, the comment "was Beto O'Rourke's strongest debate moment so far this year."
“Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15.” This was Beto O'Rourke's strongest debate moment so far this year, says… https://t.co/AdWu0NWaMj— POLITICO (@POLITICO) 1568338205.0
But as the debate wore on, pundits on the Twittersphere discovered that O'Rourke's campaign website had also been updated for debate night.
Beto’s website has an update https://t.co/O2QHvlv34k— Adam Parkhomenko (@Adam Parkhomenko) 1568340782.0
Indeed, the landing page shows (as of this writing) a red and black picture of President Donald Trump with a caption that reads, "The president of the United States of America is a white supremacist."
"Here's proof," the site says, citing dozens of "examples." The first was reportedly pulled from the El Paso Times, and reads, "Trump falsely claimed that El Paso, one of America's safest cities, had 'extremely high rates of violent crime' before fences were built."
Another example quoted USA Today as reporting that "Trump launched his campaign calling immigrants 'rapists' and criminals." A third excerpt was from CNN, and read, "Trump said there is an 'infestation' of gangs in our country."
At the end of the list of quotes, the campaign makes a call to action: "Say no to Donald Trump's racism. Donate now."
The campaign then goes on to spell out a litany of aggressive gun control initiatives set forth by O'Rourke, including creating "a nationwide gun licensing system and registry," a "national buyback program" for "assault weapons," and repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce Act, "which shields firearm manufacturers and dealers from liability when their products are used to commit crimes."