Houston Chronicle calls on O'Rourke to end White House bid, run for Senate

The Houston Chronicle has called on former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeButtigieg picks up third congressional endorsement from New York lawmaker Klobuchar hires staff in Nevada Deval Patrick enters 2020 race MORE (D-Texas) to end his presidential campaign and run for Senate instead.

In a post on Saturday, the editorial board said that a passionate answer that O'Rourke gave to a reporter about what President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE could do to prevent mass shootings in the wake of a massacre in El Paso, Texas, "made us wish O’Rourke would shift gears, and rather than unpause his presidential campaign, we’d like to see him take a new direction."

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The former congressman's response to the question quickly went viral.

"What do you think? You know the shit he’s been saying," O'Rourke said of the president. "He’s been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. I don’t know, like, members of the press, what the f---?"

O'Rourke paused his White House bid following the shooting that left more than 20 dead to return to El Paso.

The alleged gunman in the El Paso shooting has been linked to a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto, which described fears of a Latino “invasion." Several critics have drawn comparisons between the manifesto and Trump's immigration rhetoric.

"There are times, it seems, in most presidential campaigns when the facades get stripped away like so many layers of paint," the Chronicle wrote of O'Rourke's response to the question. "What’s left is a human moment, usually fleeting, and not always flattering. But real — and often more telling than a season of advertisements."