“Beto” decided that it was a good time to seek attention as the state of Texas deals with the shock, grief, and fury of the murders of elementary school children. O’Rourke made his move in the middle of Abbott handing off the microphone to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. He rose to his feet and began shouting at the officials, attempting to castigate them for not acting on guns. “You’re doing nothing,” he claimed.
Don McLaughlin, the mayor of Uvalde, ripped Beto a new one. “Mr., you are out of line. Please leave this auditorium, Mr. I can’t believe you are a sick son of a bitch who’d deal with something like this to make a political issue,” he fumed.
That’s all there is for Beto O’Rourke, who is about as Hispanic as I am Asian. The Irishman didn’t have much of a chance of beating Abbott ; this little publicity stunt just sealed his future. It would be one thing if he had his own press conference or made a video in which he lambasted Abbott and other GOP officials for not doing enough to prevent these kinds of horrors. Whether you agree with him or not is irrelevant — it’s how issues like these should be addressed.
It’s another thing altogether to interrupt a media conference in which Gov. Abbott is explaining how the tragedy occurred while the state is in mourning. Even though the murdered children and two teachers are still not in their graves, but O’Rourke tries to use their deaths to advance his political agenda. Sure, this kind of stuff appeals to his fellow leftists who have no problem capitalizing on fatalities for gun control, but it isn’t good enough for most Texans.
To begin with, his stunt was most certainly the most indecent thing I can think of. He took a tragedy and turned it into yet another opportunity to advance his political career. Second, he’s doing this in order to advocate for even more gun restrictions, which is not a popular viewpoint in Texas.