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tv   Campaign 2020 Beto O Rourke Speech in El Paso  CSPAN  August 17, 2019 11:43am-12:22pm EDT

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>> the mayor is in south carolina, in beaufort. tomorrow he's in hartsville. the presidential primary is on february 29. isator christian gillibrand at the candidates form. live coverage at 9:00 a.m. eastern on c-span two. a former congressman better
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overall talks about the recent mass shooting and his home town of el paso. this is just over 35 minutes.
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beto o'rourke: good morning. is in it you to full to hear the el paso band practicing behind us? i was just thinking about charlotte and i raised by melissa and cap and our sister grew up about four blocks from here. when i would walk to el paso high i would climb over this wall and make my way down the side of this mountain and see chris and judith and robert and .ur friends
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it is a part of who i am. so proud of this community. just looking out at everyone who is taking the time to be here this morning. i want to begin with my thanks and at the expression of my pride and this community at this moment. oner this horrific tragedy august 3 where 22 lives were taken from us, dozens more injured and still grieving, many still and medical center, not yet through the was but being pulled through are the families and their friends and this community. the way that we have met this tragedy though we were targeted because we are a community of
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immigrants, we are a community , they mexican american try to define us by our differences we show just how strong we are and i hope it gave an example to the rest of the country about who we can become. lest we come up went over to the memorial just outside of the walmart. --were paying hours respects are respects, there were us a band playing, people dancing. families in silence and through tears were trying to take in what had just happened to this community and this country and to all of us. i remember that a chaplain found me and brought me over and said there is someone i would like you to meet and introduce me to
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antonio. he was kneeling in front of a cross that said margie. said he had been here every night since the terrorist at in front of the cross that represents his wife. that woman who means everything to him. he doesn't have other family in this community and not a lot of friends right now to grieve with but i want you to meet him and ask him about his story. and i did. i went up to him and he told me about margie, and that beautiful smile broke through on his space. -- on his face. others were there to mourn with him if youuld forget didn't want to listen or be with any of us but that wasn't the
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way he responded. standaplain said antonio up and tell the hundreds of people here about your life -- wife margie. did that. he began to tell his wife's story. chaplain said everybody, around he needs a hug right now. ones hug himl paso and put their hands on him. so powerful and cathartic for him and for us and for anyone in this nation to ms. taking the time to watch what was happening. that is just one of many stories that we witnessed over the last two weeks. flying home from las vegas, nevada, when i got the news. a man named chris said he was
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flying back as well because he just learned that his mother, rosemary, had been shot at that walmart and he had no idea how she was doing. i said if you need any help, my -- me and my wife would be glad to join you. when you walk into that room your mother rosemary who have been shot in the chest, oath of perforated, angs mask over her face. the biggest smile i have ever seen produced by another human being to see you in that room and for your sisters to be there. the strength to greet me, a complete stranger and make sure i've got welcomed in her intensive care unit hospital
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room. wereurses and doctors going to make sure that she was going to make it. i wonder to myself, where did she get that strength encourage? at the hospital i found the answer. it was her mother who was in her early 80's who was also shot in the stomach. tendedshe was shot, she to other victims in the parking stored inside of the before she ever bought about the wounds that she was walking around with that forced her to have to sit down and be taken into a hospital where her life was saved. one -- she won dr. on her way into a ship stop me and said i love the way this community is coming together right now and i want you to know i am going into
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my shift and i am going to save lives but i also want you to know i am an immigrant not unlike so many people, so many millions in america by their presence and their service make this country great. this is a beautiful community. one of the safest cities in the united states of america. safe, not despite the fact that we are a city of immigrants. more than a quarter who came here chose to, let their family, new hereture to start as strangers in a strange land to do better for themselves and their kids but also to do better for us. is onennection we have of the most beautiful you will find between two cities and two
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countries anywhere in the world. 3 million, two histories and nationalities, joined and not separated by the rio grande river. we went to one of the funerals. eight mexican nationals killed on that day here in our community. the grace of those survivors and families showed in the face of such adversity and pain and suffering i can only imagine. it made us sad, but also inspired us with the strength and the current that they showed. toowe this community time heal. we all want another our very get throughfamilies
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the toughest days we have ever known. sincehat i have seen august 3, this community, l tassell -- el paso, is more than up to the task. there is an embarrassment of riches of compassion and kindness and service in el paso right now. you know that because you are a part of that. i think we also owe ourselves this community, the families that are being connected about why this happened here in el paso. answers about what it is going to take this cannot continue to happen in communities like ours anywhere across the united states. with a gun that was used
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in that act of terror appeared and the number of guns we have in this country right now. you may have read the news that the killers mother when she learned that he had ordered an , calland have received it the police in allen, texas. does my son who is not enlisted in the military, who has no need with this gun? how to not have known articulate the question she was asking for help for herself, for her son and by extension for this country. i know from listening to the surgeons and the doctors who have treated these gunshot , some of them also serve at william beaumont medical center having trained in combat
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trauma there. the wounds they are saying are like the wounds that they saw in afghanistan and iraq. these weapons like the ak-47, word designed to kill people effectively and efficiently and a gratis number as possible and that is what they are doing. when you listen to the doctors described the injuries of the survivors, it is horrifying. point, we have a , agress to craven to act democracy not up to the task to --or -- they favor those who the complicity and the silence of those with positions of public trust. that has -- that is what has happened here. american that in
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is as old as america itself. majority in this country. that is part of our story, and we need to tell it to acknowledge it if we are ever going to change it. we have always tried, until now to change that. until this president, who so --nly speaks in racos racist terms, who so openly favors one kind of people in this country over every other kind of people in this country. all muslims, ban all people of one religion, one
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faith from the shores of the country that is complied -- comprised of people from every walk of life, from every kind of tradition. it is hard to imagine this happening in america, but it is happening in america. the tell people of color, born in this country to go back to where they came from, to s,scribe klansman and neonazi and white supremacists, and terrorists as very fine people as a have marched enchanted you, -- and chanted jews, will not replace us. someone in his maiden speech who described mexican immigrants, though they commit crimes at a --er rate those than those rate lower than those born in this country, as rapist and
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criminals and has warned of invasions, and infestations. he calls people human beings, the most desperate human beings, fleeing the deadliest countries and showing up without a dime to their name or prospect of hope for advancement except that they came to this country of asylum-seekers and refugees, this country known by the statue of liberty. he calls them animals, and predators, and killers. florida, as hen warns about this invasion and asks the question to the assembled masses what are we going to do to stop these people? someone yells out, shoot them. and the crowd roars their approval. in the face of that the president signals his consent.
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andmiles, laughs, encourages more of it. every single year for the last three, hate crimes have an on the rise. those counties that hosted a donald trump rally saw hate crimes increase more than 200%. i want to make it clear that what he says, and what he does does not just offend our sensibilities or understanding of the traditions of this great country. it changes who we are as a country. you do not get kids in cages until you have given people permission to put them in cages by calling them animals and seeking to dehumanize them. you do not lose the lives of seven children in the custody and care of the wealthiest and most powerful country on the face of the planet unless you have made it possible. you do not get somebody driving
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a 600 miles to come to this community, and in his manifesto using the very words used by the president of the united states to justify this act of terror, hatred, and violence, and death. this, oure of institutions have failed us. this mocker say, none of us -- in this democracy, none of us can feel superior because all of us are part of the institutions, legislatures, congress, press, and social media are comprised of us, that they have been impotent in the face of the greatest threat that we have ever known. one that we experienced here in el paso a week ago, saturday. it is almost as if the bigger
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the lie, the more obvious the injustice, the more furious the behavior, more incapable br of seeing it and it,ring -- we are of seeing and acting against it. am --ttack on el paso is america, are ideal of what america can be. in america that has not been -- an america that has not been for so many in this country based on their race, gender, sexual orientation. as langston hughes said in his poem about an america that was not an america for everyone. "it is not -- it is the land that has never been yet, and yet must be.
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community, after the election of this president, at lbj elementary, that a third grade student approached us and asked why does the president not like me. it is in this country, houston, texas that i retold the story and they said -- in a family said it resonates with us and we have a third grader in our home. she is not mexican-american, she is muslim. she wonders if there is some other country we are supposed to go back to, even tugh she has a u.s. citizen. she is just as american as anyone else. when we allow this country to be defined along lines of race, ethnicity, and religion, we allow a commander-in-chief to not only welcome that, but the to definehat follows our laws, institutions, and any ethical or moral boundaries.
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endend of that road is this of the idea of america, where every single one of us could have a future. i am confident that if, at this moment, we do not wake up to these threats, then we as a country will die in our sleep. this has to be that each of us make a , toitment to see clearly speak honestly, and to act decisively in this moment of truth. for one, see more clearly than ever. in a country that has 320 390 millionle, but manyrms, that we have too
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own, too many people who them, use them, and threaten us with them. for the good of this country, for the good of our 40,000 fellow americans and human beings who will lose their lives to gun violence this year, and every year going forward until we change course. i see more clearly than i ever have that not only do we need universal background checks, red flag laws that would stop somebody when they pose a danger to themselves or someone else, not only do we need to end the sale of assault weapons and weapons of war that were designed for the battlefield and have no place in our thoseities, we must buy weapons, take them off the streets altogether. there are millions of them, and their ability to inspire terror, to make our kids and your kids
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afraid to walk into that thatroom because we know we have accepted the murder of six and seven-year-old children where they sat at school. we have accepted high school students being hunted down in the halls of these institutions like el paso high school right behind me. it is time to be bold, to stand together, to stand up against those who would prevent us from saving the lives of our fellow americans. it is more clear to me now than it has ever been before that when we do not make progress on the human dignity of our fellow americans, the ability to work one job, not just two or three, because you pay -- you are paid a living wage. to depend on health care so that you are well enough to live to your full potential. to know that your community, you and your family count, not only is it the right thing to do to
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make sure that this country is realizing its full potential and promise for every single one of us, when we failed to do that, we provide fertile ground for the kinds of demagogues that we have an office right now, who will use fear, frustration against you, and one another. immigrants, minorities, and lame them for the problems that you have. for the problems that you have. i see more clearly that immigrants in this community, in this state, in this country, will continue to be attacked, not just killed at the walmart, but terrorized as we saw in mississippi, 600 people who came to this country for the privilege of working the toughest jobs that no one else here would allow their children to work in chicken processing
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plants, picking cotton, and working two or three shifts, may be making minimum wage. their status used against them to pay them something far less, or nothing at all. the company making -- kind of caused this treatment of the people who make america great. this is part of who we are, the very fabric of our lives, and the response to that is no more being defensive or on the back foot, or apologizing for who we are. of elusing the example paso, texas, and showing that when we legalize those in this country, when we free dreamers from fear of deportation making them u.s. citizens, one we
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elevate the asylum seeker, refugee, that person who has no other hope, or choice but to come here, not only is it good for them, it is great for the united states of america and fundamental to any success or strength, safety, or security we could hope to have. than i everlearly have before, that if we do not tell our story, others will tell it for us. this proud community has to tell are, and just who we what made us so special. ourselves that though we have something absolutely extraordinary in el paso, though we ourselves paraded by hundreds -- separated by 100 miles, other centers of power and population, as martin luther king reminded us, we are
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all caught in this inescapable network of mutuality. single garmenta of destiny. sooner or later the problems of this country will come find you, as they came and found us on august 3. so telling the full, real, and true story of this country, who made us great in the first place? on whose backs america was built, and whose descendents could profit from it, and whose were locked out? knowing that, and confronting it erect the clear eyed -- directly -- givesd of gives us us the best chance of writing the next chapter of this story whose ideal vision must be true and really caught a -- equality and equity for every single american, treated with dignity and respect that they are owed as americans, as human beings,
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just the way we do it in el paso, texas. monday, amy and i took ulysses and mollie, and henry to school. this morning we rushed them out the door. you, there istell some part of me, and it is a big part that wants to stay here and be with my family, and be with my community. i love el paso. there have even been some who suggested that i stay in texas and run for senate, but that would not be good enough for this community, that would not be good enough for el paso, not good enough for this country. we must take the fight directly to the source of this problem,
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that person who has caused this pain and placed this country in this moment of peril, that is donald trump. [applause] be the leader for this country that we need right now, and we do not have. someone who will not only not tear us apart, but do everything within their power to bring us together, someone who does not inflame, but instead heals. someone who does not work with fear, but with hope. i want to be the kind of leader for this country that el paso has raised and taught me to be. as we head back on the campaign trail today, i know there is a to do this better. week.hat came to me last someone asked if i would be
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heading back to iowa to go to the iowa state fair. corndogs and tears wheels. -- farris wheels. i said i cannot go back for that, but i can also go i cannot go back to that. that kind of challenges we face in this country, at this moment of crisis require an urgency. thess we want to reap consequences of failing to meet them, consequences that we live, and i hope we have learned from in el paso. those places where donald trump has been terrorizing and terrifying, and demeaning our fellow americans, that is where you will find me in this campaign. [applause] paso, we are heading to mississippi to be with those families who have lost a loved
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thetemporarily, may be for indefinite future, because of the hostility of this administration towards immigrants. i want to be there to help lift them up, tell their story, and remind this country just who we are at their best. anyone that this president puts down, we will do our best to lift up. communities so long forgotten, counted out, not counted in to begin with. we will go there, not only to learn about their challenges and problems, but as is often the case, to learn from them about the solutions to their challenges and problems. solutionstion is -- to our challenges and problems as a country. places like el paso. brunt of this the
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attack, of this hatred, violence, and this country's inaction in the face of these threats, i also know that this community holds the answers, not just for our future, but for the future of this country. we see our differences not as dangerous, or as disqualifying, not just to be tolerated or respected, but to be embraced as fundamental to any hope we have as making it as a community or as a country. i am so fortunate to be have raised -- to be raised in this community and to be raising my children in this community. to be here right now in this community. i want to promise you that every single day of this campaign, i will take the courage, kindness, warmth, strength, resolve of this community with me, and i will share it with the rest of the country, because we in el
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paso, and i hope that we as americans, still believe that though we have not realized the idea of america for everyone, it is within our grasp. we the people of the border, can lead the way. thank you all for coming out here and for what you do. so grateful to be with you. thank you all very much. [applause] thank you all. [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] >> tomorrow, according to his
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facebook page, that o'rourke has scheduled campaign stops in tulsa and fayetteville. sites inisit two oklahoma related to domestic terrorism. this picture from "the daily beast" with a story that says he is expected to visit the site of the 1995 oklahoma city bombing and the greenwood district of tulsa, oklahoma, where white citizens attacked black with -- residents and businesses in one of the worst episodes of racial violence. senatorng ahead, kristen gillibrand speaks at the wall state -- the "washington post" live candidates program. tuesday, vice president pence chairs the sixth public meeting of the national space council starting at 9:30 a.m. on
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