Evidence suggests that when Democrat presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke yelled “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47!” at the Democrat presidential debate on Thursday, it wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment declaration — it was a pre-planned stunt designed to help him rake in cash.
“Before the night was over, Beto’s campaign was selling t-shirts with that line on top of it,” Fox News host Brian Kilmeade revealed while filling in for Tucker Carlson late Friday evening.
Robyn Kanner, O’Rourke’s “director of creative and product,” tweeted a link to the product at 10:54 pm EST Thursday, six minutes before the debate even concluded.
— Robyn Kanner (@robynkanner) September 13, 2019
What remains unclear is whether the shirt had been designed before the debate, or whether Kanner pieced it together and uploaded it to O’Rourke’s website during the debate.
Either way, former National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch wasn’t pleased by the 2020 contender’s eagerness to earn a profit off of threatening the American people with the veritable rescinding of their Second Amendment rights.
Fast-forward to the 5:55 mark in the video below to her speaking with Kilmeade:
Source: Fox News
“I am absolutely amazed that a lawmaker, that someone running for the highest office in the land would actually try to raise money off of a threat to the public,” she said.
“And I want to be really clear about this. When you tell law-abiding Americans that you are going to forcibly steal their lawfully-owned and responsibly-used property, that’s a threat. And saying that ‘no you are not, I want to be able to defend myself in return.’ That is not a threat.”
The clarification was necessary because O’Rourke genuinely doesn’t seem to know the difference. During the debate Thursday, Texas state rep. Briscoe Cain tweeted to the 2020 contender, “My AR is ready for you Robert Francis.” In response, O’Rourke accused him of issuing a threat.
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
You’re a child Robert Francis https://t.co/rU3WoYQFQV
— ??????? ???? (@BriscoeCain) September 13, 2019
As noted by Loesch, there’s a huge difference between one person threatening to confiscate the American people’s weapons in violation of the U.S. Constitution, and another person “threatening” to defend his constitutionally guaranteed rights in the face of oppression.
Continuing the discussion Friday, the former NRA spokeswoman then drew a connection between O’Rourke’s disturbing rhetoric and what transpired during the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890.
During the tragic massacre on Dec. 29, 1980, U.S. Army soldiers massacred hundreds of Native American men, women, and children AFTER disarming them.
“After the death of Sitting Bull, a Lakota holy man, at the hands of the US military, a band of Lakota fled the Standing Rock [Indian Reservation] and made for the Pine Ridge [Indian Reservation] to seek protection,” a rundown of that day’s events by the Digital Public Library of America reads.
“En route, they were stopped near the Wounded Knee Creek on December 29, 1890, and forcibly disarmed by the Seventh Cavalry, who came with an arsenal of weapons and a thirst for action. The disarming turned quickly to a massacre, as the US Army slaughtered ninety Lakota men and two hundred women and children.”
“So I don’t know if that’s what Democrats and Beto O’Rourke are trying to move us towards,” Loesch said, referring to the events of Wounded Knee. “I sincerely hope not.”
“I hope they respect the law of the land. I hope they respect the Constitution. But, I just find this talk reprehensible and I think that the party needs to show where they are with Americans and condemn it.”
Learn more about the massacre and what precipitated it below:
Speaking of evil, prior to Loesch’s appearance with Kilmeade on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Cain briefly showed up to talk about his tweet to O’Rourke. In doing so, he revealed that his wife and children have been receiving death threats from the 2020 contender’s supporters.
“My family is under police protection right now. There’s D.P.S. — our state police force — they’re at the house,” he said.
“Your family’s under death threats? You have gotten death threats?” Kilmeade asked.
“Yes, yes, all day long,” Cain replied. “Very disgusting And being doxxed. I was doxxed. My business partners were doxxed. People were calling and contacting my wife and messaging her and making threats against her and my children and family. They’re so tolerant, the left. Of course not.”
As of Saturday, O’Rourke had yet to remark on these actual threats, though he had reportedly made time to report Cain to federal authorities for doing literally nothing wrong.
Checked in with O’Rourke campaign. Press secretary tells me, “We are reporting to FBI.” https://t.co/92T8cQoiNq
— Leyla Santiago (@leylasantiago) September 13, 2019
He’d also made time to repeat his lie to the press:
We can’t allow the NRA to set the terms of this debate. We can’t allow people sending death threats to set the terms of this debate. We should be following the lead of the students marching for our lives, who actually want us to do something about gun violence. pic.twitter.com/wzRbkVs2Fn
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 14, 2019
Meanwhile, his many allies in the partisan media were continuing to smear Cain by repeating the false claim that he’d threatened the 2020 contender. The same outlets appeared to have no interest in reporting on the candidate’s sleazy t-shirt campaign, not surprisingly.
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