During a news conference in Uvalde after the horrific shooting that killed 19 children and two adults, Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke interrupted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
When O’Rourke stepped up, Abbott announced he would transfer the microphone to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. “You’re doing nothing,” O’Rourke remarked, adding that the massacre was “absolutely predicted” since gun regulations in the state had not been reinforced in the aftermath of past shootings.
Who Is Beto O’Rourke?
Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke (born September 26, 1972) is an American politician who served in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019.
O’Rourke, who is a member of the Democratic Party, ran for the United States Senate in 2018 and the Democratic presidential candidacy in 2020.
O’Rourke is a graduate of Woodberry Forest School and Columbia University and was born into a local political family in El Paso, Texas.
He started a short musical career as the bass guitarist in the post-hardcore band Foss while at Columbia. He returned to El Paso after finishing college and established a business career. He was elected to the El Paso City Council in 2005 and served until 2011; during his first year in office, he served as mayor pro tempore. After beating eight-term incumbent Democrat Silvestre Reyes in the primary, O’Rourke was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2012.
The Next Shot Is Taking Place Right Now.
“The opportunity to stop the next shooting is right now, and you are doing nothing,” Beto O’Rourke said to Gov. Abbott at a news conference on the Uvalde school massacre.
Patrick instructed O’Rourke to “sit down… you’re in an awkward interaction” and told him to leave the theater. Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who was also on stage, advised O’Rourke to take a seat.
One of the officials onstage told O’Rourke, “I can’t believe you’re a sick son of a b**** to come to a place like this to create a political issue.”
Following the press conference, O’Rourke seemed to be escorted out by law police officials. According to CBS News’ Janet Shamalian, several folks seemed to have reserved seats for O’Rourke.
Who Have Been Victims of Outrageous Harm?
Abbott did not directly address the incident after O’Rourke was escorted out, but instead called for unity, saying, “Every Texan, every American has a responsibility where we need to focus not on ourselves and our agendas, but on the healing and hope that we can provide those who have suffered unconscionable damage to their lives and loss of life.”
“At this point in time, we need all Texans to put aside their own agendas, think of someone other than themselves, think of someone who has been harmed and aid someone who has been hurt,” he concluded.
“These kids died because the governor of the state of Texas, the most powerful man in the state, decided to do nothing,” O’Rourke told reporters after leaving.
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“After each of them, he gives a news conference similar to this – and I hope to hell that when he came to El Paso, someone would have stood up and challenged him and shocked the conscience of this state into doing something,” O’Rourke added.
“We will continue to see this if nothing is done. Year after year, school after school, child after kid, the list goes on and on. It is incumbent upon all of us, each and every one of us, to take action.”
During his unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2019, O’Rourke was a vocal supporter of gun control legislation. O’Rourke, a former congressman, represented El Paso, where a shooter murdered 23 people.
Following the massacre, O’Rourke famously declared of AR-15s during a presidential debate, “Hell yeah, we are seizing your weapons.” The gunman in Uvalde used an AR-15, according to Abbott and other law enforcement authorities.
The Interruptions by O’Rourke.
Prior to O’Rourke’s interruption, Abbott called for answers to the Uvalde mental health issue, despite the fact that the gunman had no recognized mental condition.
“We have a problem with mental health, disease, in this town,” Abbott claimed local authorities informed him.
O’Rourke was “acting like a peacock,” Cruz later told CBS Dallas Fort Worth. “So, I’ve got to tell you, I’m fed up with all the politicking. Every time there is a major shooting, this occurs “Cruz said. Hundreds of people attended a prayer vigil at the Uvalde County Fairplex arena on Wednesday night, including Abbott, Cruz, and O’Rourke.