February 12, 2019


Beto O'Rourke gets under Trump's skin in El Paso (Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann, 2/12/19, NBC News)

It's not every day that an ex-congressman who isn't even an announced presidential candidate (though he very well might be) gets under the skin of the president of the United States. But that's exactly what happened as President Trump campaigned for his border wall last night in El Paso.

Referring to the protest that former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, and other El Paso leaders had organized, Trump said: "A young man who's got very little going for himself, except he's got a great first name... He challenged us. So we have let's, say, 35,000 people tonight. And he has 200 people, 300 people. Not too good."

He continued, "In fact, what I'd do, what I would say is that may be the end of his presidential bid."

Later in the speech, Trump once again brought up the former congressman. "Well, how about Beto? Beto was defeated too, right? But he suffered a great defeat. Watch what the news does tomorrow, though, they won't mention the disparity [in crowd size], they won't mention the disparity tomorrow. They'll say "Beto O'Rourke" - that's his last name, right, O'Rourke? - "Beto O'Rourke had a wonderful rally, although about 15 people..."

One of the more comical talking point about a primary challenge to Donald is that he would refuse to debate, which assumes a level of discipline and skin thickness that no one actually believes he has.

Posted by at February 12, 2019 4:09 AM