Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke called out a Republican lawmaker overnight. accusing Texas State Representative Briscoe Cain of making a “death threat” against him.
During the third Democratic presidential debate Thursday night, O’Rourke received cheers and applause for saying, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.” The former congressman’s district last month was the target of a mass shooting. 22 people were massacred at a Walmart in El Paso.
In passionate answer on gun violence, Beto O’Rourke says, “When we see that being used against children…Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”https://t.co/INdRXlIwFs #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/XqcbTWvR0m
— ABC News (@ABC) September 13, 2019
Rep. Cain took to Twitter to attack O’Rourke.
“My AR is ready for you Robert Francis,” Cain tweeted, using O’Rourke’s legal first and middle names.
O’Rourke did not take the tweet lightly.
“This is a death threat, Representative. Clearly, you shouldn’t own an AR-15—and neither should anyone else.”
This is a death threat, Representative. Clearly, you shouldn’t own an AR-15—and neither should anyone else. pic.twitter.com/jsiZmwjMDs
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 13, 2019
Some on the social media platform appeared to agree with O’Rourke, tweeting they had alerted Twitter and the FBI.
Twitter seemed to agree, apparently taking down Cain’s tweet. It is listed as “no longer available.”
Cain later responded to O’Rourke, tweeting, “You’re a child Robert Francis.”
A reporter for The Guardian notes Cain’s tweet, before it was removed, was not well-received. The responses far outweighed the likes and retweets.
— Lois Beckett (@loisbeckett) September 13, 2019
Enjoy this piece?
… then let us make a small request. The New Civil Rights Movement depends on readers like you to meet our ongoing expenses and continue producing quality progressive journalism. Three Silicon Valley giants consume 70 percent of all online advertising dollars, so we need your help to continue doing what we do.
NCRM is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. From unflinching coverage of religious extremism, to spotlighting efforts to roll back our rights, NCRM continues to speak truth to power. America needs independent voices like NCRM to be sure no one is forgotten.
Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure NCRM remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to NCRM, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.
- 'A SENSE OF THE TROUBLE HE IS IN'3 days ago
Half of Twitter’s Top Advertisers Flee as Elon Musk Welcomes Trump Back
- 'BAD FAITH ACTOR'2 days ago
Watch: Conservative Think Tank Pays $1.3 Million to Air Anti-LGBTQ Ad During Thanksgiving Weekend
- 'CLOWN SHOW'3 days ago
“Anti-Woke” Right-Wing Bank GloriFi Shuts Down Barely One Month After Launch
- News20 hours ago
Trump Gets Famous Founding Father’s Quote Wrong in Angry Thanksgiving Pity Party: ‘Give Me Freedom or Give Me Death’
- 'ASSAULT ON DEMOCRACY'3 days ago
Brazil’s Far-Right Former Pres Copies Trump and Contests Recent Election Loss
- News2 days ago
Anti-LGBTQ Activist Who Warns of ‘Groomers’ Forced Out of Teaching for Inappropriate Relationships With Students: Report
- 'ARE YOU KIDDING?!'3 days ago
San Francisco Police Want To Use Robots to Kill Criminal Suspects
- News2 days ago
‘Extraordinary Turn in Investigation’: Pence May Be ‘Receptive’ to Talking With DOJ Says NY Times Reporter