Republican consultant Brisco Cain tweeted Beto O’Rourke saying: “My AR is ready for your Robert Francis” during the third debate, held in Houston, Texas.
The remark was made as the previous Texas lawmaker drew a number of the greatest applause of the night time with an impassioned plea for gun management. It was later deleted.
“Hell yes we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” Mr O’Rourke, whose hometown El Paso was the location of a mass taking pictures that left 20 lifeless, mentioned.
“We’re not going to allow it to be used against your fellow Americans anymore.”
Mr Cain had retweeted an earlier remark from Mr O’Rourke that mentioned: “Hell yes, we’re gonna take your AR-15.”
Mr O’Rourke responded: “This is a death threat, Representative. Clearly, you shouldn’t own an AR-15—and neither should anyone else,”
Mr Cain apparently deleted the tweet, that sparked 3,400 largely outraged feedback inside three hours and solely 89 retweets, in accordance with NBC.
He later retweeted Mr O’Rourke’s response, writing: “You’re a child Robert Francis.”
Many individuals responded once more in assist of Mr O’Rourke.
One wrote: “This is why Texas can’t have nice things.”
Another mentioned: “Why did you delete your tweet… It’s going to be there endlessly so even your youngsters will see the time you threatened a presidential candidate with dying.
Others backed Mr O’Rourke’s suggestion that Mr Cain shouldn’t personal a gun.
One person mentioned: “Why do I get the feeling that you didn’t even pass the background check for your AR-15?”
Another wrote: “Let me get this straight. It’s okay for you to threaten somebody with an AR-15, however after they name you out on it by some means they’re the infantile one?
“Call me loopy however threatening to shoot somebody for upholding a regulation means you must’ve by no means owned a gun to start with.”
The debate in Houston was headlined by frontrunner Joe Biden and shut rivals Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, who clashed over healthcare.
Only the 10 highest-polling Democrats had been eligible to participate.