I think it’s safe to say that the pathetic stunt Beto O’Rourke pulled Wednesday at the press conference that was held by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss the horrifying Robb Elementary School mass shooting tragedy has not gone over as well as he would have liked it to have.
For those who missed it, watch the moment below where O’Rourke – who is running against Abbott in the 2022 gubernatorial race – made a disgraceful scene at the somber event as he walked up to stand in front of the stage and heckled Abbott and the other Republicans present. He accused them of “doing nothing” to stop gun violence, and claimed the mass shooting in Uvalde that killed 19 children and two teachers who tried to protect them was “totally predictable”:
VIDEO: Beto O’Rourke CRASHES Greg Abbott’s press conference providing an update on yesterday’s shooting. pic.twitter.com/3DD5pB5yxa
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) May 25, 2022
While many on the left and in the media have been busy lionizing Beto’s actions and suggesting his grandstanding was an emotionally spontaneous, heat of the moment decision driven by a passion and love for the community, CBS News reported some intriguing information that runs counter to that narrative.
Watch below as CBS News correspondent Janet Shamlian talks about how from where she was sitting in the auditorium she saw two people get up “a moment before the press conference started” as Beto O’Rourke walked in and they gave their seats up to him. She said his “presence wasn’t really noticed” in the room at first because he didn’t come in until right before it started, describing what happened as seeming “[like] something that was clearly staged by Beto O’Rourke and his campaign” to confront Abbott.
Her colleague suggested that based on what she saw it “definitely” indicated “Beto had a plan to get in there and make some sort of a scene.”
— MRCTV (@mrctv) May 26, 2022
I think some people in the state maybe could forgive him had it been a spur-of-the-moment move by a concerned Texan who was distressed over what his fellow Texans were having to go through. Because let’s face it, many of us have been in situations in our lives where we have let our emotions get the best of us and we reacted in a way whether it be by actions or words that we later regretted.
But that’s obviously not what happened here, as many of us already suspected prior to this report. Beto and his campaign staff pre-planned and coordinated this political stunt. They thought it through. They believed that staging dramatic theatrics while the cameras rolled at a somber event that was designed to update and help console the community after this week’s horrific events would be a good look for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Beto O’Rourke.
It wasn’t. Instead, it made Beto look exceedingly desperate – not to help out his community but to elevate his profile and raise sorely-needed campaign cash in the middle of an election year and one where Democrats across the country are already preparing for the worst from a political perspective once the fall elections roll around.
There are other ways Beto could have gotten his point across without pulling the crass political stunt he did Wednesday. From the looks of things, he may end up regretting it come November.