The early stages of Beto O'Rourke's bid for Democratic presidential bid has not went well. Now he's trying something new. O'Rourke promises to prosecute Trump if elected in 2020.
Here is a partial transcript of the interview:
STEPHANOPOULOS: We heard House Speaker Nancy Pelosi say this week, she wants to see the president in prison. Do you think the president committed crimes that could be prosecuted?
O’ROURKE: He did. I think that’s clear from what we have learned from the Mueller report. But I think those crimes might extend beyond what we have seen in the Mueller report; using public office for personal gain, for himself and for his family, the relationship that he has with Vladimir Putin, which has never been properly explained from the invitation as a candidate to have Russia involve itself in our election, his efforts to obstruct justice, the fact that he called Vladimir Putin after the Mueller report was released, called it a hoax, thereby giving him a green light to further participate in our democracy and our elections. If with don’t hold the president accountable we’ll set the precedent that some people in this country, because of their position of power, are in fact above the law. And if we do that, we’ll lose this democracy forever. Regardless of the popularity of the idea or what the polling shows us, we must proceed with impeachment so we get the facts and the truth and at end of the day there’s justice for what was done to our democracy in 2016.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Even if the House impeaches, the Senate isn’t going to convict the president. If you win in 2020, would you the Justice Department to pursue charges against President Trump?
O’ROURKE: I would want my Justice Department, any future administration’s Justice Department to follow the facts and the truth and to make sure at the end of the day there’s accountability and justice, without this, without that, this idea, this experiment of American democracy comes to a close. We were attacked unlike any other time in our 243-year history and we have a president who yet to acknowledge it and a president who has yet to be brought to justice. Yes, no matter who that is.
It's been a wild ride for O'Rourke. Remember when he said he would never run for presidency. Well, he reversed on that and proclaimed to the world that he was "born to be in it" while referring to his 2020 run.
This followed him saying he was born to serve, but not be president. Here he is feeling the wrath of his conflicting comments:
Beto also loves to not answer questions on policy. Instead of providing an answer he just kind of deflects and moves on. This lady calls that out in her question.
O'Rourke became famous by putting up a fight against Ted Cruz for the Senate race in Texas. Sure there was an insane amount of money put behind him in narrowly losing in Texas, but hey he came close!