Thursday night at an Iowa town hall, presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke compared Donald Trump’s rhetoric on immigration to what one might have heard in Nazi Germany. When an attendee asked him about responding to attacks from Republicans, he spoke of “the rhetoric of a president who not only describes immigrants as rapists and criminals but as animals and an infestation.” He went on to say:
“Now, I might expect someone to describe another human being as an infestation in the Third Reich. I would not expect that in the United States of America.”
After the rally, a reporter asked him to elaborate on the remarks. Watch the video here:
This is peak O’Rourke—making a big point, making it with energy, and turning it into a viral moment. It’s the best we can expect of him on the campaign trail, since his shtick is mostly, um, substance-free, but if there’s a safe “Trump is bad” speech to be made, you can count on him to make it with verve.