The Democrat looking to unseat Governor Greg Abott, R-Texas, interrupted him during a press conference about the Uvalde school shooting.
After Gov. Abbott spoke for about 10 minutes, he was passing the microphone to his Lt. Gov., Dan Patrick, when Robert Frances “Beto” O’Rourke approached the stage. The Democratic candidate for governor angrily confronted Abbott, saying, “This is on you.”
“You are doing nothing,” O’Rourke exclaimed. “You are offering up nothing. You said this was not predictable. This was totally predictable when you choose not to do anything.”
A poll released days before the conference showed the Democrat continues to trail Abbott by seven percentage points.
Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said O’Rourke’s interruption of the press conference was a political stunt. On her Fox show, “Outnumbered,” she said a CBS reporter was seated in the third row, directly across from O’Rourke’s seat. “Moments before the press conference began, the seat holder switched places with the gubernatorial candidate,” McEnany declared.
“That was one of the most shameful things I have ever seen from a political actor,” the host stated. A fellow panelist said the perennially unsuccessful office seeker was fulfilling his thirst for relevance. The panelists generally acknowledged political differences and raw emotions run rampant around the shooting but felt the conference was an inappropriate venue for O’Rourke.
“I am thinking if you are a parent or a relative of someone who lost a loved one,” McEnany said, “and maybe some parents could not bear to watch that press conference, but I am sure there were others trying to collect every single detail about how their son or daughter lost their life, what their last moments were like, how long the shooter was in the room, every last detail they could soak up.”
Of all the scorn heaped upon the Democrat, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin gave the most colorful response.
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