A Clear Contrast in Last Night’s Debate

Blog|9.22.18

In the wake of last night’s debate — which drew a clear contrast between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke — the New York Times (of all people) called Beto out for falsely denying that he called police officers “the new Jim Crow.”

Here’s what the NYT reported:

[I]n one of the sharpest exchanges of the night, Mr. Cruz argued that Mr. O’Rourke often sided against the police, and accused the congressman of describing law enforcement officers as “modern day Jim Crow.” Mr. Cruz added, “I think it is offensive to call police officers modern day Jim Crow. That is not Texas.”

Mr. O’Rourke denied that he described police officers that way. On Wednesday, at a town hall event at Prairie View A&M University, a historically black college in Prairie View, Tex., Mr. O’Rourke had complained about racism within the criminal justice system, including racial profiling and unjust police shootings of people of color.

According to a video clip of part of his speech, Mr. O’Rourke referred to a system in which police officers suspect, search and shoot people “solely based on the color of their skin,” and added, “It is why some have called this, and I think it is an apt description, the new Jim Crow.”

Watch video of Beto’s speech and judge for yourself:

What do you think? Do you agree with Ted that the vast majority of police officers are brave, honorable men and women who risk their lives to keep us safe?

Or do you agree with Beto that they’re “the new Jim Crow”?

Do you think it’s ok for Beto to smear police officers as racists, claiming they search and shoot people “solely based on the color of their skin”? Or is that kind of hateful rhetoric harmful and deeply divisive?