"This is f**ked up", presidential candidate says live on air in reaction to mass shooting
Five people were killed in the shooting, while 21 were injured, including a 17-month-old baby.
Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke gave an emotional interview on CNN on Sunday morning, following a mass shooting that took place in Texas this weekend.
O'Rourke, who is aiming to be the Democratic candidate in the 2020 election, was shown a video of himself saying that the shooting was "fucked up", and was asked to elaborate on his thoughts.
Live on air, he said: "We're averaging around 300 mass shootings a year. No other country comes close. So yes, this is fucked up."
"If we don't call it out for what it is, if we're not able to speak clearly, if we're not able to act decisively, then we'll continue to have this kind of bloodshed in America, and I cannot accept that."
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— Colin Jones (@colinjones) September 1, 2019
O'Rourke, who is of Irish descent, is from Texas, and he represented Texas's 16th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019.
He was equally outspoken after the recent shooting in El Paso, that left 22 people killed.
He spoke about Donald Trump, saying: "22 people in my hometown are dead after an act of terror inspired by your racism. El Paso will not be quiet and neither will I."