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On The Trail With Beto O'Rourke: Renewed Focus on Trump, Guns, And Divided U.S.

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Beto O'Rourke speaks to a packed house at Consuelo's Taqueria in Manchester on March 21, 2019.

Former congressman Beto O'Rourke of Texas took a break from the campaign trail earlier this month to spend time in his home town of El Paso, where a gunman shot and killed 22 people at a Walmart. When he resumed campaigning, he did so with a sharper tone, and one directed at President Trump.

O'Rourke says a top goal for law enforcement is to combat white nationalism and white supremacy -- which he argues the President is openly inviting. He was interviewed by the NPR Politics Podcast and Iowa Public Radio, in a partnership with NHPR. 

"If we don't call this country's attention to the true cost and consequence of Donald Trump then the blame will be on us, every one of us who was complicit in our silence or who failed to focus on the fact that his racism, his invitation to hatred, his invitation to violence, was taking the lives of our fellow Americans."

NPR's Asma Khalid and Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters interviewed Beto O'Rourke during a campaign stop in Iowa.

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