Gov. Greg Abbott Should Be Thanking Beto O’Rourke for His Uvalde Stunt

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Robert Francis O’Rourke, the Irish Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate who pretends to be Hispanic, just did Gov. Greg Abbott a huge favor. In the wake of the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, O’Rourke made himself look utterly foolish by grandstanding at a somber press conference in which the governor was giving the public the facts of the incident.

As the Lone Star State is dealing with the shock, grief, and outrage of the murder of elementary school children, “Beto” decided it was a good time to try to get attention. In the middle of the conference, as Abbott was handing the microphone to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, O’Rourke made his move. He stood up and shouted at the officials, trying to castigate them for not doing enough about guns. “You are doing nothing. You are all doing nothing… this is totally predictable,” he bloviated.

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin ripped Beto a new one. “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,” he seethed.

And that’s all she wrote for Beto O’Rourke, who is about as Hispanic as I am Chinese. The Irishman did not have much of a chance of defeating Abbott in the first place; this little stunt just sealed his fate. It would be one thing if he held his own press conference or shot a video in which he criticized Abbott and other Republican officials for not doing enough to stop these types of atrocities. Whether one agreed with his arguments is irrelevant – it’s how these types of issues should be handled.

But it’s quite another to disrupt a press conference in which Abbott is explaining to the public how the incident went down as the state is in mourning. The murdered children and two teachers are not even in the ground yet and O’Rourke is using their deaths to score cheap political points. Sure, this stuff plays well for fellow leftists who have no problem exploiting deaths to push for gun control, but for the average Texan, this ain’t it.

For starters, his stunt was probably the most indecent thing he could have done at that moment. He took a tragedy and made it about himself and his campaign. Secondly, he’s doing it to push for further restrictions on firearms, which isn’t exactly a popular sentiment in Texas.

At this point, the governor’s race is Abbott’s to lose. But even if he tried, he couldn’t lose to the Irishman after this ridiculous, tone-deaf display. Perhaps after the November election, Abbott might be inclined to send Beto a fruit basket and thank-you card for his troubles.