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

Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpWatchdog group: Trump had over 1,400 conflicts of interest in first two years CNN's Gergen: Trump discouraging next generation from civil service The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump AG pick Barr grilled at hearing | Judge rules against census citizenship question | McConnell blocks second House bill to reopen government MORE slammed Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeEx-Michelle Obama aide says O'Rourke's road trip is a 'listening tour' in form of a travel blog Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Former staffer accuses Jackson Lee of retaliation after rape claim MORE (D-Texas) on Monday, saying the Democratic challenger to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGroup aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Congress can stop the war on science 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.