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Beto O’Rourke Says The Conflict “Modified My Life”

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Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke remains to be locked in a nascent however bitter conflict with fellow longshot 2020 candidate Invoice de Blasio over which Democratic presidential hopeful will get to put declare to being the marketing campaign season’s largest fan of the Conflict. To that finish, O’Rourke just lately mentioned his fandom on the San Francisco Chronicle’s It’s All Political podcast.

Happily for O’Rourke, Chronicle senior political author and It’s All Political host Joe Garofoli is a large Conflict fan, and as such gave former punk bassist O’Rourke ample alternative to gush about the Conflict after answering questions on much less necessary issues corresponding to border safety and the transition from fossil fuels to sustainable power.

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O’Rourke started his musical flex by namedropping legendary D.C. punk bands Nation of Ulysses and Rites of Spring (Man Picciotto and Brendan Canty’s mid-80s pre-Fugazi band) earlier than delving into how he found the Conflict through the eighth grade when a classmate loaned him a duplicate of London Calling.

“It completely modified my life,” O’Rourke stated stated of the 1979 double album. He credited “the urgency of the music” and the way the songs espoused “politics in a means I had by no means skilled it earlier than,” earlier than exclaiming that the late Joe Strummer was “the best human being that ever walked the planet.” That final assertion elicited a “preach, brother” from Garofoli.

O’Rourke famously referenced the Conflict music “Clampdown” throughout a debate with Texas Senator Ted Cruz  in September whereas vying for Cruz’s Senate seat. He has since used the music as his stroll up music throughout the Iowa Democrats Corridor of Fame occasion on Sunday. As O’Rourke defined, the music tells the listener that “you may develop up idealistic with one of the best of intentions” however nonetheless “be compromised or corrupted or consumed by these bigger forces and powers.” O’Rourke additionally tied the music, which offers with themes of xenophobia, the ethical failings of capitalism, authorities crackdowns on protests, and younger individuals abandoning their idealism as age, to the Trump administration’s hardline anti-immigration insurance policies.

“And a few of the strains in that music the place they’re speaking about being afraid of any individual due to their variations,” O’Rourke defined earlier than quoting the lyric “taking off his turban, they stated, is that this man a Jew?”

“It’s simply chilling for me to even say that, however we are saying that in an administration that has sought to ban all Muslims from touring to america of America,” O’Rourke stated. “Or has known as Mexican immigrants ‘rapists’ and ‘criminals’ or asylum-seekers ‘animals’ or ‘an infestation.’ ” He added: “The Clampdown is upon us and generally we’re tempted to chortle it off, ’who’s the clown within the White Home saying this ridiculous stuff?’”

Your transfer, de Blasio.

Hearken to your entire dialog between O’Rourke and Garofoli right here.


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