With the 2020 elections just around the corner, Democrats of all stripes are scrambling to hit the campaign trail.
States like Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina are on everyone’s list as they mark the first stages of the Democratic primary.
But one Trump challenger has decided to take his presidential campaign to Mexico instead.
Next year, the Democratic nominee for President of the United States will face off against President Donald Trump in the 2020 elections.
And the winner will be the candidate who can win 270 votes in the electoral college.
But before the Democrats face off against President Trump, they have to face off against one another for the chance to be the nominee.
With the first states of the Democratic primary just months away, most candidates are scrambling to win votes in some of the first states of the primary cycle, such as Iowa or New Hampshire.
But former Texas Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke is instead taking his campaign somewhere unorthodox.
The AP reports, “Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke visited Mexico on Sunday and listened to tearful immigrants say they fled Central American violence and turmoil to seek asylum in the U.S., but were turned away at the border.”
This is a political stunt that rivals almost anything else the American people have seen on the campaign trail so far.
An American presidential candidate is somehow going to spend time campaigning in a foreign country instead of the cities and towns of Iowa and New Hampshire.
And Beto thinks this is a good move for him too.
The AP adds, “In his first international trip as a White House hopeful, the former congressman traveled to Ciudad Juarez, across the Rio Grande from his native El Paso, Texas, to meet what his campaign described as ‘individuals and families directly impacted by Donald Trump’s cruel and inhumane policies.’”
“We hope, by sharing these stories, that the conscience of our country is awoken right now, and the need to change the policies that we have in place,” Beto wrote in a Facebook post explaining his visit to Mexico.
Beto either doesn’t realize he won’t win any votes in Mexico, or he thinks that campaigning there will win over liberals back at home who see he may be the most open-borders Democrat running in the campaign.
But either way, this move is going to hurt him in the general against President Trump, if he can even make it that far.
“During the first presidential primary debate in Miami, last week, however, O’Rourke clashed with fellow Texan and presidential candidate Julian Castro, who chided the ex-congressman for not being willing to fully decriminalize crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally,” adds the AP.
Beto’s now facing tough competition from the left, and he may be outflanked by other Democrats on the immigration issue.
If that happens, his path to the nomination may be closed off forever.
We will keep you up to date with any new developments in this ongoing story.