Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke defended comparing President Trump and his administration to the leaders ruling Nazi Germany when asked about it by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer on Monday.
"Is that not going too far to make a comparison between the president of the United States and the Nazis?" Blitzer asked.
“Find me a better analogy of another leader of a western democracy describing all people of one religion as inherently defective or disqualified or dangerous. That's what the president has done when it comes to Muslims, seeking to ban all Muslims from this country," O'Rourke replied.
"Repeating the lie that Mexican immigrants pose a violent risk to this country, calling them animals and predators and rapists and criminals," he continued, adding Trump had an "almost Nuremberg like rally where people are chanting send her back."
“But you understand the criticism when you make any comparisons to the Holocaust and the Nazis that — that is simply, at least most people, say that is unacceptable," Blitzer pushed back.
“It is the comparison of last resort. And that's where we are. And I don’t mean the last resort politically or the last resort in terms of defeating the president in November, but the last resort for this country that is descending into an open racism and intolerance and violence led by the president," O'Rourke said.
O'Rourke compared Trump to Nazi leaders twice during an interview with Al Sharpton on MSNBC. Sharpton had to ask for clarification to make sure he heard O'Rourke correctly.
"There is so much that is resonant of the Third Reich in this administration," O'Rourke told him.