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Beto O’Rourke Berated Priest for Supporting Traditional Marriage in 2011

O’Rourke confronted the Catholic priest at an El Paso city council meeting.

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A video of Democratic heartthrob and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke berating a Catholic priest in personal terms during an El Paso City Council meeting in 2011 has surfaced.

O’Rourke was speaking to Father Michael Rodriguez, who was testifying at a meeting of the city council in opposition to a plan by the city to extend marriage benefits to city employees who were in same-sex relationships. At the time O’Rourke was a city councilor.

O’Rourke brought up the “moral failings” of the Catholic Church, in the context of Father Rodriguez’s opposition to the city’s recognition of homosexual marriage. He then spoke to the Texas cleric in strikingly personal terms, stating that he “luckily didn’t need your approval to move forward,” even though Father Rodriguez hadn’t interrupted him. Beto also claimed that Rodriguez was trying to “take the moral high ground” in the debate.

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Father Rodriguez addressed O’Rourke arguments against his testimony in charitable terms, explaining that many individuals within the Catholic Church failed to live up to church teachings in engaging in sexual abuse, pedophilia and institutional corruption.

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Father Rodriguez has been a well-known figure in the traditional Catholic community in Texas.

Watch the video of the heated interaction here, courtesy of the account JMJHFPRODUCTIONS (Beto starts speaking at 6:00):

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Senator Tim Scott Predicts “50% Increase” In Black Support for Trump in 2020

Such a shift would be a game changer.

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South Carolina Senator Tim Scott is predicting a “50% increase” in support for Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

Scott made the prediction in an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on Friday.

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President Trump will see a 50 percent increase in his African-American support. It will go from 8 percent in 2016 to a minimum of 12 percent in 2020. He may even get to 15 percent of the African American vote, and that is game over.”

Such a small slice of the black vote may seem small, but it very well could prove enough to be impactful in swing states such as Michigan and Pennsylvania. Scott pointed to President Trump’s performance on economic policy as a possible factor in drawing black support to the GOP in 2020.

“[Trump] had an executive order to increase affordability of home ownership, and African American home ownership since he took office is up about 2%… President Trump is not just talking a good game, he is walking a good game.”

Scott pointed to the possibility of a Michael Bloomberg nomination alienating some Black Americans from the Democratic Party.

African Americans have been one of the most consistent voting blocs for the Democratic Party since the 1960’s. Some blacks are concerned that they’re not a priority for the Democratic Party in an era where the party has made generous policy concessions to various demographic groups.

A realignment of some Black Americans into the Republican Party wouldn’t be without precedent in American history. African Americans originally strongly supported the reconstruction-era Republican Party when they were granted voting rights(in theory) after the Civil War. The first black U.S Senator and House Representative was a Republican.

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