Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee Beto O’Rourke crashed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s briefing with fellow officials on the Uvalde elementary school shooting Wednesday afternoon, in what will go down as one of the most inappropriate political stunts of the year.
While Abbott was speaking to reporters, a voice can be heard in the background trying to get the governor’s attention, and Lt. Gov Dan Patrick quickly tries to shut him down.
“You are doing nothing. You are all doing nothing… this is totally predictable,” he can be heard saying. It is hard to hear the rest of O’Rourke’s comments because thankfully both Sen. Ted Cruz and Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin talked over him.
The man who is on stage telling Beto O'Rouke to leave and saying he is out of line is Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin. https://t.co/nQ53XRgBZ7
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) May 25, 2022
“Sit down, you’re out of line and an embarrassment. Sit down and don’t play this stunt,” Cruz said.
“Sir, you are out of line. Sir, you are out of line. Sir, you are out of line, please leave this auditorium. I can’t believe you’re a sick son of a bitch who would come to a deal like this to make a political issue,” McLaughlin said.
Photographers and law enforcement quickly began surrounding the candidate, who narrowly lost to Cruz during his 2018 Senate bid, and he left the auditorium shortly after.
BREAKING: Beto O'Rourke just disrupted Greg Abbott's press conference on the school shooting in Texas.
A Sheriff calls him a "sick son of a bitch." pic.twitter.com/KieQw9vITn
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 25, 2022