Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke kicked off his run for the White House at a Southeast Iowa meet and greet where he compared progressive activists fighting climate change to American GIs who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. (Fox News)
The El Paso Democrat, who announced his decision to run for president on Thursday following months of deliberations after his failed Texas Senate bid, made the comparison during an Iowa rally in response to a question on climate change.
“How can we, who used to be the indispensable nation, be the only country that has removed itself from any obligation to work with anyone on perhaps the most pressing problem,” O’Rourke said, alleging that President Trump doesn’t believe in climate change.
“When you think about leadership, those who preceded us — those who were on the beaches in Normandy, those who faced an existential threat to Western democracy and our way of life, they showed us the way. We can all come together. We can unite. We can marshal the resources. And we can convene the countries of the world around otherwise unsolvable problems,” he continued.
Allied casualties on D-Day were at least 10,000 – with 4,414 confirmed fatalities.