|Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke|
January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Silvestre Reyes|
|Succeeded by||Veronica Escobar|
El Paso City Council member
for District 8
June 1, 2005 – June 27, 2011
|Preceded by||Anthony Cobos|
|Succeeded by||Cortney Niland|
|Born|| September 26, `1972|
El Paso, Texas
|Spouse(s)||Amy Hoover Sanders O'Rourke (married 2005)|
|Alma mater|| Woodberry Forest School (Madison County, Virginia)|
Robert Francis O'Rourke, (Celtic: Roibeárd Ó Ruairc) called "Beto" O'Rourke, even though he is not Hispanic, and was formerly known as Rob O'Rourke (born September 26, 1972). He unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, dropping out in 2019 months before the first primary. Prior to that, he lost in his bid to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate. Previously he served from 2013 to 2019 as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 16th congressional district, based in his native El Paso, the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) headquarters for the Western Hemisphere. Beto has received financial contributions from Jeffrey Epstein.
O'Rourke, who supports the Green New Deal, accepted $476,325 from the oil and gas industry after taking the "No Fossil Fuel Money" pledge, making him the second-biggest recipient of fossil fuel money in Congress. Initially O'Rourke's white privilege propelled him into the top ranks of 2020 Democratic presidential contenders; the more he spoke the more his poll numbers faltered. On November 1, 2019, Beto pulled the plug on his campaign which never really got off the ground.
O'Rourke was elected to the first of his three terms in Congress in November 2012. Earlier in the year, he had unseated the incumbent Representative Silvestre Reyes, a fellow Democrat. Before his congressional years, the businessman O'Rourke represented District 8 on the El Paso City Council. Although El Paso ranks as America's 22nd largest city, if the Mexican City of Juarez were included in the metropolitan area, El Paso-Juarez would be the 5th largest city in America, ranked between Houston and Phoenix.
Despite portraying himself as an "everyman," O'Rourke is more than twice as wealthy as Ted Cruz. During his campaign, he raised $70 million from Hollywood donors and spent $18 million on consultants despite promising not to spend any money on them.
Beto O'Rourke supports the practice of abortion up until birth and more recently refused to support a law that would prevent infanticide. O'Rourke also has hailed the Soviet concept of separation of church and state and berated a Roman Catholic priest for defending traditional marriage. O'Rourke has explicitly called for gun confiscation and entertained making his far-left proposals even more extreme.
- 1 Presidential campaign
- 2 Life and career
- 3 Political career
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Presidential campaignwhite privilege: "I was born to do this." Despite the high-profile liberal/communist media rollout of his campaign, Beto's run fizzled immediately with the rise of gay rights activist Pete Buttigieg. A critic described Beto's speaking style:
He talked in a fluid, energetic, run-on style that was interesting to listen to — at first. As soon as you thought you had caught up with one chunk of clever rhetoric he moved on to the next set-piece, so you could never really process what he was saying. The more he spoke, the more his phrases grew monotonous in aggregate, and his animated talking points merged into each other, a river of charming progressivism in isolation; overwhelming and almost incomprehensible when unloaded all at once.Beto's early campaign was blunted by the upstart Pete Buttigieg. Former Congressman Barney Frank (D., Mass.) remarked that Beto "may be regretting that he's straight," given that Buttigieg's sexuality has largely inoculated him from the onslaught of "white privilege" attacks that have plagued O'Rourke's candidacy from day one. Trump-Russia collusion hoaxer. The Federalist reported on Beto's first presidential debate performance:
O’Rourke, who had kicked off an entertaining arms race in Spanish proficiency, promised to fund “resiliency”—the cost unknown. The one-time darling of the media also promised that as president he would instruct his Justice Department to prosecute his predecessor for “potential crimes,” which didn’t even provoke a murmur from the commentariat, although it’s the same kind of rhetoric that elicits high indignation when used by Trump.As Beto's poll numbers tumbled, after the El Paso Walmart shooting by a crazed leftist who blamed Mexicans for impeding universal basic income, universal healthcare and not re-cycling plastics, Beto cursed out President Trump with the most vile, profane invective. Beto's widely publicized hate-filled rants, accusing Trump supporters of being racists and white supremacists, cost Beto one of three supporters in polls the following week. CNN published an op-ed rant of his against Fox News, Breitbart, Sinclair Media, the NRA, Trump supporters and white supremacy. In a much-touted umpteenth effort to bootstrap his failing campaign built on identity politics, Beto said,
"When we allow this country to be defined along lines of race, ethnicity, and religion, the end of that road is the end of this idea of America."
Prophet of doom
Beto has appealed to fear rather than hope, claiming imminent destruction of the planet by capitalism is ten years. Beto's plan of salvation would double taxes and shrink the U.S. economy by 25% in ten years. O'Rourke introduced a plan to fight global warming that is larger than the federal budget.
Human trafficking, drugs, and immigration
According to the DEA, El Paso is a major hub for Mexican opioids and methamphetamine en route to the rest of the United States. In the Summer of 2019 the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released figures showing that the El Paso sector had a 1,588% increase in illegal immigrant apprehensions during the first month of 2019 compared to the first month of 2018. Most are come from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
Mexican drug cartels smuggle foreigners from countries with terrorist links into a small rural town near El Paso by using remote farm roads—rather than interstates—to elude the Border Patrol and other law enforcement barriers. The foreigners are classified as Special Interest Aliens (SIA) and are transported to stash areas in Acala, a rural crossroads located around 54 miles from El Paso on a state road – Highway 20. Once in the U.S., the SIAs wait for pick-up in the area's sand hills just across Highway 20.
The New York Times documented in how hundreds of employees and contract workers at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have taken millions of dollars in bribes to let drugs and illegal immigrants into the United States. The DEA is cited in a Texas news report confirming that El Paso is a major corridor for Mexican cartels smuggling drugs into the U.S.
Judicial Watch broke a story about an ISIS training cell just a few miles from El Paso in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Law enforcement and intelligence sources on both sides of the border confirm that cartel-backed “coyotes” help smuggle ISIS terrorists through the desert and into the U.S. between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas.
The areas are targeted for exploitation by ISIS because of their understaffed municipal and county police forces and the relative safe-havens the terrain provides for the unchecked large-scale drug smuggling. In the aftermath of Judicial Watch's story about Islamic terrorists operating in Juarez, Beto tried to silence federal law enforcement sources.
Islamic State in Juarez
PolitiFact rated Beto's claim that the Islamic State terrorist group was not operating in Juarez, Mexico as false. Juarez, which is adjacent to El Paso, is among the world's most dangerous cities and the most dangerous place in the Western Hemisphere. In 2014 Beto O’Rourke contacted the El Paso area offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) in an effort to identify—and evidently intimidate—sources that may have been used by Judicial Watch. Judicial Watch reported that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, according to sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.
To salvage his foundering candidacy, Beto started riding the gun grabber hobby horse. Beto claims there are 40,000 "gun deaths" per year in America. Beto doesn't tell people 27,000 of those are suicides. Fewer than 2,000 "gun deaths" are with rifles.
Beto has proposed rescinding tax-exempt status of churches which did not recognize gay marriage. The liberal The Atlantic magazine has criticized O'Rourke's extreme stance, saying "O’Rourke’s stance—if played out to its end—would decimate the charitable sector." Even fellow candidate Pete Buttigieg—a homosexual and in a gay marriage himself—considered the plan too extreme.
Women don’t jump on furniture
Vox commented on Beto's talking down to voters:
Another related question is how countertop shenanigans intersect with the gender dynamics vis-à-vis the women in the field....the obvious question here is whether a woman could really scramble around on furniture and still be taken seriously as a potential leader....It’s not his fault that he can get away with certain things that some of his rivals probably couldn’t. His strengths are in contrast. With Biden, he presents a pretty clean case of young versus old; compared with Harris, Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Kirsten Gillibrand, it looks to a lot of people like a very literal case of a brash young man asking to be promoted ahead of a bunch of better-qualified women.... the whole idea of his candidacy strikes other observers as a somewhat enraging display of privilege.
Beto proposed a War Tax to tax non-military families.
Post-mortem on strategy
The campaign of Sen. Gary Hart in 1984 was deemed by Democratic strategists to have failed due to lack of appeal among "the Bubba vote." The "Bubba vote" was defined as "guys with a gun rack in the pick-up truck." In 1992 Bill Clinton was molded to appeal to the "Bubba vote," and even garnered the nickname "Bubba Clinton" among some supporters. The Clintons, however, passed several measures aimed at Second Amendment rights, such as background checks, child safety locks, etc. Many communist supporters of the Clintons felt gun restrictions did not go far enough, and Al Gore promised to finish the job. The National Rifle Association, more than any other organized group, defeated Al Gore in 2000. John Kerry, a gun-toting Ivy League rich kid and alleged war hero hardly fit the bill as an advocate for "Bubbas." By 2008, no "Bubbas" even entered the Democratic field. Beto, an effeminate soyboy, was the Democrat's first 21st century attempt to re-create "the Bubba vote."
More than anything, his obsessive, ridiculous, and over the top rhetoric on gun control sealed Beto's fate, and killed his campaign. O’Rourke's remarkable plunge in popularity on the national stage threatened his future viability as a statewide candidate in Texas.
Life and career
The Irish-American O'Rourke claims that his nickname "Beto" came from childhood as a shortened name for "Roberto" in Spanish; many of his friends are Hispanic, and El Paso is a predominantly Hispanic city. Beto is considered by many as the penultimate beta-male. At Columbia University in New York City, at which he participated on the rowing team, he was known as "Robert" or "Rob." O'Rourke's mother is the former Melissa Martha Williams. His father was El Paso County Judge Pat Francis O'Rourke, a political associate of former Texas Governor Mark White, whose son, Andrew White, lost the May 22, 2018, Democratic gubernatorial runoff election to the former sheriff of Dallas County, Lupe Valdez. The senior O'Rourke was killed in July 2001, when he was struck from behind by a vehicle while he was riding his bicycle across the state line into New Mexico.
Comparisons with George W. Bush
Beto has been compared to George W. Bush: a rich kid from Texas cited for drunk driving. In 1998, O'Rourke was involved in a drunk driving car accident and fled the scene. He later was apprehended and cited for DUI. As a child Bush learned manners, civility, personal responsibility, respect for other people's ideas and opinions; Beto, a Democrat, did not.
Hacker and song writer
Among Beto's many attributes is his talent as a poet. In 1988, under the pseudonym "Psychedelic Warlord" as a member of the hacker group Cult of the Dead Cow, Beto came up with the name of the group. Beto authored "The Song of the Cow:" O'Rourke had an agreement with leftwing mainstream media journalists to keep secret his involvement with the hacker group until after his Senate race against Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz responded:
So Reuters had evidence in 2017 that Beto may have committed multiple felonies—which Beto confirmed on the record—but deliberately withheld the story for over a year to help him win his Senate race? But when he’s running against Bernie etc, NOW it’s news?
The Song of the Cow
I need a butt-shine,
You are holy,
Oh, sacred Cow
I thirst for you,
Buff my b*lls,
Love the Cow,
Good fortune for those that do.
Love me, breathe my feet,
The Cow has risen.
Wax my *ss,
Scrub my b*lls.
The Cow has risen,
Like the El Paso Walmart shooter, Beto O'rourke had homicidal fantasies as a teenager. He wrote a 3,300 word story about a driver being elated over running over some children.
“One day, as I was driving home from work, I noticed two children crossing the street. They were happy, happy to be free from their troubles. This happiness was mine by right. I had earned it in my dreams. As I neared the young ones, I put all my weight on my right foot, keeping the accelerator pedal on the floor until I heard the crashing of the two children on the hood, and then the sharp cry of pain from one of the two. I was so fascinated for a moment, that when after I had stopped my vehicle, I just sat in a daze, sweet visions filling my head.”
In the Republican primary held on March 6, 2018, Cruz defeated four weak intra-party opponents with 1,317,450 votes (85.3 percent). In the Democratic primary, O'Rourke received 641,337 votes (61.8 percent) over two intra-party rivals. Some 506,000 more Republicans voted in the Texas primary than did Democrats.
Unlike Cruz, O'Rourke is not himself Hispanic. He strongly contested Cruz by means of his early start to his campaign, favorable media coverage, strong fund-raising from outside the state, and a media image tailored to resemble "a Kennedy." He was given the same name as Robert Francis Kennedy. Already a Senate candidate in 2017, O'Rourke went to southeastern Texas to observe the Hurricane Harvey relief operations.
O'Rourke has developed a friendly relationship with Moderate Republican Will Hurd of Helotes, an African-American who represents Texas' 23rd congressional district. The two rode together by car in 2017 from Texas to Washington, D.C. Hurd easily dispatched his conservative primary, Alma Arredondo-Lynch, a dentist from Uvalde County. and then a third term in 2018 general election by about one thousand votes. O'Rourke supports amnesty for illegal aliens, LGBT, gun control, Obamacare, and abortion. He opposes the War on Drugs and urges the liberalization of narcotics laws.
O'Rourke was succeeded in the House by fellow Democrat Veronica Escobar, who handily turned back the Republican challenge waged by Rick Seeberger in the November 6, 2018 general election.
In an appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher on March 6, 2018, O'Rourke agreed with liberal host Bill Maher, who labeled Ted Cruz "a giant ass-hole." O'Rourke claimed on the broadcast that voters would "never have to wonder who it is I represent or who I’m voting for. It’s going to be the people of Texas, every single time." O'Rourke said that Cruz has allegedly alienated himself from the mass of Texas voters.
The Hispanic pop artist Cruz Ortiz of San Antonio makes T-shirts which promote the O'Rourke candidacy with the message, "Beto por Tejas." His work adorns not only museums but Papa John's Pizza boxes as well. According to Gilbert Garcia of The San Antonio Express-News, Ortiz is "that rare artist who can create cutting-edge work with mass appeal. ... That talent has turned him into a key player in Texas Democratic politics." He also helped the unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign of Andrew White, and the congressional race for Gina Ortiz Jones, who failed to unseat Will Hurd in the general election.
O'Rourke is a forceful advocate for illegal aliens. Conditions on the border can be enhanced, he says, if the United States treated people in border cities with “dignity and respect.” He claims that the border is secure and safe and hence opposes a U.S. military presence to thwart invaders.
O'Rourke carries the support of several liberals in the acting profession, such as Connie Britton, a Democrat who played the caring mother and wife on the former NBC television series, Friday Night Lights. Other celebrities on the O'Rourke team are Sarah Jessica Parker, formerly with the television series Sex and the City, and talk show host Rosie O'Donnell, a long-term critic of President Trump.
In April 2018, O'Rourke addressed a gathering of five hundred at Texas Tech University in the usually Republican city of Lubbock. In his speech, he denounced what he called Republican "paranoia, the fear, the divisiveness, the smallness that distinguishes that kind of thinking and leadership." Instead, O'Rourke vowed to promote "confidence and a courage and a strength and a kindness and a big heart that can only come from Texas." At that same meeting, O'Rourke said that he had seen enough evidence to warrant the impeachment of President Trump. A few days later at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, O'Rourke denied that he is pre-committed to impeachment: "I never brought this issue up." O'Rourke described impeachment as "perhaps the most serious and solemn responsibility" for members of Congress and "not something we should trifle with or campaign on." Ultimately Cruz won Lubbock County, 58,709 (64.2 percent) to O'Rourke's 31,976 (35 percent).
By July, however, O'Rourke said that he could immediately vote as a House member to impeach Trump based on what liberals and the fake news media claimed was a disastrous summit appearance with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Bssed on O'Rourke's successful fund-raising, large crowds at campaign rallies, and respectable opinion polling, the magazine Politico declared that "Beto-mania" was sweeping Texas.
In August 2018, O'Rourke embarked on a 34-day road trip of all 254 counties in a white Dodge Grand Caravan. He stopped in such faraway rural communities as Archer City on the north central plains, which is portrayed as a dying town in the 1971 Peter Bogdanovich film, The Last Picture Show. O'Rourke is the first Democrat to campaign for the Senate in Archer City since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1948. Rarely has a Democratic candidate in Texas paid such close attention to rural counties. Later in the month in Texas City in Galveston County, O'Rourke drew an enthusiastic crowd of more than eight hundred at the Charles T. Doyle Convention Center. The crowd was compared to the throngs in 1990 that came out to support the Democrat Ann Richards in her successful gubernatorial race against Republican Clayton Wheat Williams, Jr. In his speech, the normally highly partisan O'Rourke called for "bipartisanship" and noted the passage of a veterans mental health care bill that he had sponsored, which President Trump signed into law in April: "It was a sign the different parties could — and should — still work together," O'Rourke said.
Having waged a vigorous campaign with huge funding assets, he came within 220,000 votes of unseating the incumbent Republican Ted Cruz in the November 6 general election. Cruz finished with 4,240,942 votes (50.9 percent) to O'Rourke's 4,017,851 (48.3 percent).
Gilbert Garcia, the San Antonio journalist, notes that O'Rourke would immediately become mentioned as a future presidential possibility if he had succeeded in upsetting Cruz. "With his Kennedy-esque looks and defiantly idealistic exuberance, he has that rare ability to inspire voters" while establishment politicians make voting a dull civic exercise not much different from "eating your broccoli". Yet even in defeat, O'Rourke remains one of the leading candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
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- Spiering, Charlie (November 1, 2019). Bye Bye Beto: A Look Back at Beto O’Rourke’s Flailed, Failed Presidential Campaign. Breitbart News. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
- Byas, Steve (November 2, 2019). O’Rourke Campaign Was Helpful to Trump. The New American. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
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- WATCH: Beto O'Rourke Refuses to Support Law to Stop Infanticide, Care for Babies Born Alive After Abortions. Life News (20 March 2019).
- Video surfaces of Beto O’Rourke berating Catholic priest for defending male/female marriage. Life Site News (22 March 2019).
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