Democratic presidential nominee Beto O’Rourke received a critical backlash from conservatives during CNN’s Equality Town Hall last week.
The former Texas congressman infuriated a number of conservative Christian churches and institutions. This after stating that he believes that they should be stripped off the tax-exempt status if they opposed same-sex marriage.
During the said forum, Don Lemon, a CNN Correspondent, asked the presidential wannabe if he thought that religious institutions should be stripped off the tax-exempt status if they opposed same-sex marriage. Specifically, Lemon mentioned colleges, churches, and charities that are operating under a religious arm. In answering, Beto O’Rourke mentioned that:
“Yes. There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone or any institution, any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us.”.
Additionally, O’Rourke mentioned that should he win the presidency, he plans to pursue this line of policy. O’Rourke is quoted in saying: “And so as president, we’re going to make that a priority and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.”
O’Rourke’s comments reverberated through social media and news over the weekend.
Beto O’Rourke and other Democrats hope to win Party’s Nomination
The United States goes to the polls roughly a year from now. However, things are starting to heat up at least on one side of the panel. Currently, more than 10 Democratic Party members are vying for the party’s nomination. Among these are former Vice President Joe Biden, and Nancy Pelosi. Additionally, O’Rourke, and Bernie Sanders – who had a heart attack last week, also figure in the list.
Expectedly, the Republican Party plans to continue supporting current US President Donald Trump through a second term. In essence, the party can do away with a number of Primaries and proceed directly to nominating Donald Trump to be the party’s candidate.