Donald Trump Jr. blasts Beto O’Rourke: ‘Irish guy pretending to be Hispanic’

Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpOn The Money: Liberal groups pressure Dems over Trump's tax returns | Top Trump economist says tax cuts powering economy | Trump Jr. slams Theresa May over Brexit delay | Watchdog warns of 'rosy' assumptions in Trump budget Trump Jr. slams Brexit delay: 'Theresa May should have taken my father's advice' The Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms MORE slammed Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeMichael Bennet 'encouraged' in possible presidential bid: report House Dems unveil measure to reject anti-Israel boycotts Bannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 MORE (D-Texas) on Monday, saying the Democratic challenger to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzMichael Bennet 'encouraged' in possible presidential bid: report Biden-Abrams ticket would be a genius media move Families of Kenyan victims seek compensation for Ethiopian Airlines crash MORE (R-Texas) is "pretending" to be Latino.

"What’s authentic about an Irish guy pretending to be Hispanic? Asking for some friends Texas," Trump Jr. tweeted, linking to an article from ABC News that contended O'Rourke has kept the Senate race close partly because of a desire among Democratic voters to see authenticity in candidates.

O'Rourke, whose full first name is Robert, has been mocked by some on the right for his decision to go by Beto, a name that some conservatives say he chose because it sounds Hispanic.

O'Rourke has said it's a childhood nickname that stuck.

Cruz ran an ad earlier this year mocking O'Rourke's nickname.

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"If you are going to run in Texas, you can’t be a liberal man. I remember reading stories, liberal Robert wanted to fit in," the ad says. "So he changed his name to Beto and hid it with a grin."

Cruz's full name is Rafael Edward Cruz.

When asked earlier this year about his own name change, Cruz told CNN about his Cuban heritage

"You're absolutely right. My name is Rafael Edward Cruz," he said. "I am the son of my father Rafael Cruz, an immigrant from Cuba who came to Texas with nothing."

Cruz leads O'Rourke by about 7 points, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls, just weeks before the Nov. 6 midterm elections.