Meghan McCain and O'Rourke clash over comparing Trump rally to Nuremberg

Democratic 2020 White House hopeful Beto O’Rourke clashed with “The View” co-host Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainMeghan McCain slams Cuomo, de Blasio as ‘an utter disgrace’ following another night of unrest in NYC Crowds flock to Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks over Memorial Day weekend CNN’s Cuomo pulls out massive cotton swab to tease brother after live COVID-19 test MORE Tuesday morning after the former Texas congressman compared President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s campaign rally last week to a Nazi event. 

In an interview this Monday, O’Rourke had called out the president’s supporters who chanted “send her back,” as Trump attacked Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Biden, Democrats seek to shut down calls to defund police McEnany, Ocasio-Cortez tangle over ‘Biden adviser’ label MORE (D-Minn.), a Somali American.


“What we saw in North Carolina last week was almost an impromptu Nuremberg rally, inciting hatred, and ultimately, I think, implicit in that is violence against people based on the color of their skin, based on their religion, based on their difference from the majority of Americans,” O’Rourke told ABC News.

McCain took exception to the comparison during O’Rourke’s visit to “The View.” 

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“You’re talking about Trump supporters, comparing them to Nazis and Nuremberg,” McCain said. “That sounds extreme to me as well. When Democrats come on here and wax poetic about extremism — I’m not saying Trump isn’t doing it, but you’re calling everyone who was in that North Carolina rally a Nazi. So you have to understand, from my standpoint, it seems like the left is pretty extreme in that end as well.”

O’Rourke denied that he was calling everyone at the rally a Nazi.

“We all have accountability for our actions, and everyone who shouted to send them back is responsible for that as well,” O’Rourke said  

McCain responded that O’Rourke will have to win over some “people in the middle” to win the White House in 2020.

O’Rourke, in response, touted his 2016 Senate campaign against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE (R-Texas). He said 500,000 Republicans in the state voted for him, though he ultimately lost the race.

“I went to every one of the 254 counties in Texas. King County voted for Donald Trump 96 percent in the last election, but I went there because they are every bit as deserving of a respect, of our attention, of being heard, of being fought for, of being served, and by going there and showing up with the courage of my convictions but also a willingness to listen and to learn, we brought them into the conversation,” O’Rourke said.

McCain also pressed O’Rourke on whether his White House campaign has “cooled,” citing polls that show him polling at 0 percent in New Hampshire and a drop in his fundraising numbers. 

O’Rourke responded that that isn’t what he feels when he’s “on the ground” in New Hampshire cities such as Nashua and Manchester. He said some White House campaigns, like that of McCain’s father, the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Bad polling data is piling up for Trump Cindy McCain ‘disappointed’ McGrath used image of John McCain in ad attacking McConnell Report that Bush won’t support Trump reelection ‘completely made up,’ spokesman says MORE (R-Ariz.), start small.

“At this time in many presidential races, you had folks who were down in the polls, counted out, left for dead, who, through their persistence and their courage and their tenacity and the amazing people who comprised their campaign, rose to help lead their party and ultimately the country,” O’Rourke said.