Texas gubernatorial candidate Robert Francis (Beto) O’Rourke continues to beclown himself as he is now criticizing his only remaining fan base—Joe Biden and the Democrat party—saying that the rightward tilt of Latino voters is due to the failure of the Left to take their concerns seriously.
“Candidate Biden didn’t spend a dime or day in the Rio Grande Valley or really anywhere in Texas, for that matter, once we got down in the homestretch of the general election,” O’Rourke told a crowd at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin on Saturday. “You got to be locking eyeballs with the people that you want to fight for and serve and whose votes that you want to win.”
Evidently O’Rourke didn’t have a handler there to tell him to zip it, and not criticize the only people left who actually like him. He continued with a backhanded compliment to none other than the evil former President Donald Trump:
“It was literally one syllable one word, it was ‘jobs,’ and he [Trump] kind of offered a false choice: ‘I can either keep you holed up in your house during this pandemic, or I can open up all places of employment and prioritize the economy,’” O’Rourke said Saturday. “What did we have on our side? Nothing.”
I’m not sure what “false choice” O’Rourke is referring to, since there is nothing false about what Trump offered. Here are Beto’s words of wisdom from Saturday at theTexas Tribune Festival:
According to the political website FiveThirtyEight, the rightward shift of Latino voters came to the forefront in the 2020 election:
One major storyline coming out of the 2020 election was the rightward shift of Latino voters, who supported former President Donald Trump at a higher rate than they had four years earlier. Although about 3 in 5 Latinos voted for President Joe Biden, this still represented a decline in Democratic support from 2016, when around 2 in 3 backed Hillary Clinton.
Republican representative Tony Gonzales, whose district spans the border, thinks the rightward shift of Hispanic voters will continue:
“We’re going to be winning races that no one thought we’d win before. And how are we going to do it? By leaning into our conservative values,” Gonzales told Fox News Digital on Saturday.
O’Rourke faces an uphill battle, as polls show him seven percent behind sitting governor Greg Abbott. The candidate said he’s taking the news of the polls with a “grain of salt.” I would suggest he read them with a shot of whiskey—because those are pretty daunting numbers.
The New York Times, predictably, ran a fawning piece Sunday on Beto in which the author blasted Abbott’s sending immigrants to other states as a “stunt.” This is rich considering O’Rourke recently staged one of the most obscene political stunts in memory—crashing a press conference after the horrific Uvalde school shooting and trying to make it all about himself:
“It’s on you.”
In a striking moment, Texas gubernatorial candidate @BetoORourke interrupts Gov. Greg Abbott’s press conference about the Uvalde shooting. pic.twitter.com/jINIAave6Y
— The Recount (@therecount) May 25, 2022
On Saturday, O’Rourke defended his famed interruption and said he had no second thoughts. “No, I don’t regret being there,” O’Rourke said. “I wanted to fight for those families in Uvalde, for our families across the state.”
Despite famously appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair in 2019 with the headline, “I’m just born to be in it,” O’Rourke has failed to catch on with the public, losing a senatorial race to Senator Ted Cruz in 2018, floundering in his 2020 presidential bid, and now trailing badly in his race against Abbott. There’s something clownish about him, and despite the media’s endless attempts to make us take him seriously, the American people see right through it. Despite his proficiency at spouting every Leftist talking point as if it’s the Gospel, he’s just not ready for prime time and this may be his last rodeo.
Not sure what he was thinking by turning on his few friends in the political world, Joe Biden and the Democrat machine, but I don’t think it’s going to change his fortunes.