During a campaign visit in Nashville Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said that Nashville and Texas and other “places that formed the Confederacy” are bigoted and America was formed on white supremacy.
In the same breath as mentioning Nashville, he mentioned his home state of Texas and linked them to racism.
“Those places that formed the Confederacy, that this country was founded on white supremacy. And every single institution and structure that we have in our country still reflects the legacy of slavery and segregation and Jim Crow and suppression, even in our ability to vote and participate in our elections.”
He went on to mention purging of voter rolls.
O’Rourke made the comments during a roundtable discussion in Nashville hosted by advocacy organization Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC).
A full video of the roundtable discussion is available here. The remarks come in the final two minutes of the video.
O’Rourke made several stops in Nashville on Sunday and Monday, as The Tennessee Star reported.
TIRRC’s political action committee affiliate, TIRRC Votes, tweeted, “During our roundtable with @BetoORourke we talked about ending worksite enforcement and expanding federal protections for undocumented workers. Raids are designed to instill fear and workers and make them less likely to report dangerous conditions.”
During our roundtable with @BetoORourke we talked about ending worksite enforcement and expanding federal protections for undocumented workers. Raids are designed to instill fear and workers and make them less likely to report dangerous conditions.
— TIRRC Votes (@TIRRCVotes) July 8, 2019
A shorter version of the video is available here.
Immigration roundtable in Nashville https://t.co/zlJkRgxzHm
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) July 8, 2019
TIRRC Votes provides more information on the roundtable and describes on its website how it, and O’Rourke, want to open America’s borders to everyone who wants to come in. They also say white nationalism and Islamophobia are on the rise.
TIRRC Votes also discussed how the politics of fear that fueled Trump’s rise and allowed for the implementation of the Muslim Ban have long found fertile ground in Tennessee and will outlast the Trump presidency. Sabina shared the experiences of Muslim-Americans in Tennessee and asked O’Rourke to commit to developing a robust strategy to counter the rise of white nationalism and Islamophobia in the United States. TIRRC Votes staff reminded O’Rourke that outside of policy changes that will be required of the next administration, the president has a role in helping the country transition into a more multicultural democracy.
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