CBS reporter Janet Shamlian said Wednesday that, from her vantage point in the third row of Governor Gregg Abbott’s (R-TX) press conference, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Beto O’Rourke appeared to have “staged” his interruption of the event.
Shamlian described the scene that played out, noting that O’Rourke had apparently sent “seat holders” in to sit in seats near the front — which they vacated when he made his entrance to disrupt Abbott’s address.
“@JanetShamlian reports on Beto O’Rourke confronting Gov. Abbott during presser: “There were two people across the aisle from me and a moment before the press conference started, they got up from their seats when Beto walked in … This seems something very clearly staged,” CBS News tweeted.
Upon being asked whether she could make out what exactly O’Rourke had said, Shamlian said that she had gotten a much better view of what had transpired before the press conference actually began.
“Well, I did see what happened just before the press conference started,” she said. “I was in the third aisle — row — third row on the aisle, rather, and there were two people across the aisle from me and a moment before the press conference started, they got up from their seats when Beto walked in.”
“So they were seat holders for him,” Shamlian continued. “And then he sat down, so his presence wasn’t really noticed in the 15 or 20 minutes that people were gathering inside because he was not in the room. So this seems something very clearly staged by Beto O’Rourke and his campaign wanting to confront the governor at this moment.”
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
Scroll down to leave a comment and share your thoughts.