Beto O’Rourke won’t talk about his extreme, out-of-touch positions on issues ranging from illegal immigration to the Texas energy industry.

Beto O’Rourke Won’t Mention How He Wants To Curtail Immigration Enforcement, Eliminate Immigration Detention And Tear Down The Border Wall:

  • O’Rourke Wants To Curtail Immigration Enforcement, “All But Eliminating Immigration Detention,” And Grant Citizenship To Illegal Immigrants Currently In The U.S. “O’Rourke’s plan focuses on curtailing immigration enforcement — in particular, all but eliminating immigration detention — and focusing instead on building up immigration courts and case management systems for newly arriving asylum seekers, while returning Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrests and deportations of immigrants already living in the US to the constraints of President Barack Obama’s last years in office. … But beyond the now-standard Democratic promise to pass a bill that allows the 11 million unauthorized immigrants currently in the US to apply for legal status and ultimately citizenship, and to expedite legalization and citizenship for DACA recipients and TPS recipients, there isn’t a complete bill framework here.” (Dara Lind, “Beto O’Rourke’s Immigration Plan Would Go Even Further On Executive Power Than Trump,” Vox, 5/31/19)
  • In 2019 “O’Rourke Said He Would Take Down Existing Walls And Fencing At The U.S.-Mexico Border If He Could.” “Beto O’Rourke said he would take down existing walls and fencing at the U.S.-Mexico border if he could. O’Rourke, a former congressman for El Paso who ran a high-profile challenge against GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, said in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Thursday, ‘Absolutely, I’d take the wall down.’” (Doha Madani, “’I’d Take The Wall Down,’ Says Beto O’Rourke Of Current Border Barriers,” NBC News, 2/14/19)

 

Beto O’Rourke Won’t Mention How He Wants To Kill The Texas Energy Industry By Implementing The Green New Deal, A Cap-And-Trade System And Severely Limiting Oil And Gas Leases:

  • O’Rourke Supports The Green New Deal. O’ROURKE: “Some will criticize the Green New Deal for being too bold or being unmanageable. I tell you what, I haven’t seen anything better that addresses this singular crisis we face, a crisis that could at its worst lead to extinction. The Green New Deal does that. It ties it to the economy and acknowledges that all of the things are interconnected.” (Tim Hains, “Beto O’Rourke On Green New Deal: ‘Literally, The Future Of The World Depends On Us’,” RealClearPolitics, 3/14/19)
  • O’Rourke Wants To End Drilling On Federal Land, Charge Higher Royalty Rates For Drilling And Stop New Fossil Fuel Leases. “O’Rourke is no longer running for president. O’Rourke ‘will set a first-ever, net-zero emissions by 2030 carbon budget for federal lands, stopping new fossil fuel leases, changing royalties to reflect climate costs, and accelerating renewables development and forestation,’ a campaign spokesman told The Post. He pledged to ‘protect our most wild, beautiful, and biodiverse places for generations to come — including more of the Arctic and of our sensitive landscapes and seascapes than ever before — and establish National Parks and Monuments that more fully tell our American story.’” (“Would You End Leasing For Fossil Fuel Extraction On Federal Lands?,” The Washington Post, Accessed 9/20/21)
  • O’Rourke Wants To End All Offshore Drilling Off The Coast Of The U.S. “Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke called on Congress on Wednesday to put a stop to oil drilling off the US coasts. The former congressman from Texas is asking members of Congress to pass South Carolina Democratic Rep. Joe Cunningham’s Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act, which would place a moratorium on offshore drilling and prohibit the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management from offering any new tracts for oil and gas leasing or preleasing off the California, Oregon and Washington state coastline and the Atlantic Coast.” (Caroline Kenny, “Beto O’Rourke Calls On Congress To Halt Offshore Drilling,” CNN, 9/11/19)
  • O’Rourke Wants A Cap-And-Trade System In The U.S. “Beto O’Rourke said he opposes a carbon tax and instead backs a carbon cap-and-trade program in which a shrinking number of ‘allowances’ would be sold to polluters each year.” (Eric Bradner And Zachary B. Wolf, “Beto O’Rourke Opposes Carbon Tax, Backs Cap-And-Trade,” CNN, 9/4/19)

 

Beto O’Rourke Won’t Mention How He Wants To “Dismantle” And Remove Funding From Police Forces:

  • O’Rourke Said He “Love(d)” That Black Live Matters Sought To Defund Line Items And Dismantle Police Forces As Currently Constructed. SVITEK TWEET: “Here’s O’Rourke when asked Wed. about ’20 defund comments. ‘I don’t think I’ve ever advocated for defunding the police.’ In ’20: ‘I really love that [BLM, others] have put this front & center, to defund’ line items, reroute to services & in some cases, dismantle & rebuild forces.” (Twitter.com, 11/19/21)
  • In 2020, O’Rourke Said The “City Council Of Minneapolis Made The Right Decision” On Police. O’ROURKE: “So I really love that Black Lives Matters and other protesters have put this front and center, to defund, you know, these line items that have overmilitarized our police, and instead invest that money in the human capital of your community, make sure that you have the services, the help, the support, the health care necessary to be well and not require police intervention, and then also in some necessary cases, completely dismantling those police forces and rebuilding them. And I think the city council of Minneapolis made the right decision.” (Twitter.com, 11/19/21)
    • NOTE: The Minneapolis Measure Was To “Dismantle” Its Police Force. “The Minneapolis City Council on Friday officially moved to dismantle its police force and replace it with a department of community safety and violence prevention in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd.” (Ray Sanchez And Pierre Meilhan, “Minneapolis City Council Advances Plan To Dismantle Embattled Police Force,” CNN, 6/26/20
  • CNN Fact Check: O’Rourke “Spoke Positively Of Taking Away Certain Police Funding And Of Dismantling… Some Police Departments.” “Because of the haziness of the phrase ‘defunding the police,’ O’Rourke’s comments in the 2020 interview leave an opening for people to argue either way. … Opponents can accurately note that he spoke positively of taking away certain police funding and of dismantling (and rebuilding) some police departments.” (Daniel Dale, “Fact Check: Greg Abbott Attack Ad Deceptively Alters Beto O’rourke’s Comments On Policing,” CNN, 11/23/21)

 

Beto O’Rourke Won’t Mention How He Wants To Remove Tax-Exempt Status From Churches:

  • O’Rourke Wants To Eliminate The Tax-Exempt Status For Churches That Oppose Same-Sex Marriage. LEMON: “Do you think religious institutions — like colleges, churches, charities — should lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage?” O’RPURKE: “Yes. There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break, for anyone or any institution, any organization in America, that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us, and so as president, we are going to make that a priority and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.” (Patrick Svitek, “Beto O’Rourke Says Religious Institutions Should Lose Tax-Exempt Status If They Oppose Gay Marriage,” Texas Tribune, 10/11/19)

 

Beto O’Rourke Won’t Mention How He Wants To Destroy Our Nation’s Healthcare System By Instituting A Canadian-Style Single Payer Socialist Healthcare System:

  • O’Rourke: “We Need A Single Payer System.” (Facebook.com, 6/13/17)
  • In 2017, O’Rourke Said He Supported Bernie Sanders’ Medicare For All Plan. “June 15, 2017: Writes a Facebook post that says, ‘A single-payer Medicare-for-all program is the best way to ensure all Americans get the healthcare they need.’ … October 9, 2017: Jeff Stein (then a reporter at Vox, now at the Washington Post) asks O’Rourke if he would support the Sanders bill should he win his Senate race in Texas. ‘The answer is yes, I would,’ O’Rourke tells him.” (Sarah Kliff, “It Is Wildly Unclear Whether Beto O’Rourke Supports Medicare-For-All,” Vox, 3/15/19)