O'Rourke: Trump 'changing the conversation' with retweet of Epstein conspiracy theory

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeTrump slams 'very dumb' O'Rourke for proposals on guns, tax exempt status for churches Hillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets O'Rourke rips Bill O'Reilly: The problem with our economy is 'a disgraced TV host like you makes millions' MORE said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MORE's recent retweet of a conspiracy theory related to the death of Jeffrey Epstein in prison is the president's latest attempt to change the national conversation. 

"This is another example of our president using this position of public trust to attack his political enemies with unfounded conspiracy theories and also to try and force you and me and all of us to focus on his bizarre behavior," O'Rourke told CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperBiden praises Buttigieg for criticizing GOP attacks: 'That's a good man' White House officials stand by Syria withdrawal, sanctions delay amid bipartisan pushback Kasich to Congress: 'Look in the mirror at how you want to be remembered' MORE on "State of the Union." 

"He’s changing the conversation if we allow him to do that then we will never be able to focus on the true problem, of which he is a part." 


O'Rourke, a former Texas congressman, said the focus should remain on finding solutions for gun control and reducing domestic terrorism in the wake of two mass shootings that killed 31 people last week. 

In O'Rourke's home city of El Paso, Texas, 22 people were killed in a Walmart. The accused shooter allegedly wrote a manifesto ahead of the shooting about a "Hispanic invasion." 

O'Rourke has repeatedly said Trump's words are to blame in part for inspiring the attack, which the president has denied. 

Trump promoted the conspiracy theory on Twitter about Epstein's death on Saturday night. It blames former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFarrow: Clinton staff raised concerns over Weinstein reporting Perry says Trump directed him to discuss Ukraine with Giuliani: report The Memo: Once the front-runner, Biden now vulnerable MORE and former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonWhat did the Founders most fear about impeachment? The Hill's Morning Report - Tempers boil over at the White House Chelsea Clinton says she's not considering a bid for New York House seat MORE on Epstein's death without providing evidence. 

Bill Clinton's spokesman, Angel Ureña, responded by writing "Ridiculous, and of course not true — and Donald Trump knows it. Has he triggered the 25th Amendment yet?"

Epstein had been indicted on sex-trafficking charges. 

Officials on Saturday said he died overnight by an apparent suicide while in jail.