Beto O’Rourke outburst divides political opinion, impact on campaign unclear



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Texas Governor Beto O’Rourke’s emotional outburst of hope at Wednesday’s news conference on the Uvalde school shooting drew conflicting responses from either side of the aislenot as he seemed to change his own stance afterwards.

O’Rourke interrupted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s press conference, telling state leaders they’re “doing nothing.” Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin responded by calling O’Rourke a “sick son of a bitch” before the latter was escorted out of the auditorium.

His actions have drawn accusations of political theater as well as praise — depending on which side of the aisle you’re standing on. The Wall Street Journal editorial board called the move “a coup that could make or break his campaign.”

Political strategists remain divided on this issue.


“What Beto did was incredibly brave,” Democratic strategist Jennifer Holdsworth Karp told Fox News Digital. “He respectfully waited for Governor Abbot to wrap up his remarks, then stood up to the Republicans on that stage without raising his voice.”

“More Democrats should follow his lead and push back against the gaslighting and lies that are coming from the right after innocent children have been slaughtered with weapons of war,” she added. “I’m not sure Beto cares whether this will help or hurt him politically because it was the right thing to do, but I will tell any candidate who listens that they should follow his lead.”

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The hosts of ABC’s “The View” certainly agreed with Karp, with co-host Sunny Hostin saying O’Rourke “was saying the right things.”

But Matt Mackowiak, a Texas-based GOP consultant, believes O’Rourke’s display disqualifies him as a potential state leader.

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“Texans want our leaders to be statesmen,” Mackowiak told Fox News Digital. “To assume the role of leader, you must always control your emotions and behavior and never make a serious and solemn event about your own political aspirations.”

“Beto O’Rourke has shown once again that he is unfit for high office by causing a scene as federal, state and local officials briefed the media and the local community,” he said. he continued. “Beto’s desire to ‘go viral’ was obscene and disqualifying.”


O’Rourke has apparently felt the political winds at his back as he has taken an increasingly tough stance on assault weapons, recently editing his campaign website to urge officials to ‘reduce’ the number of weapons. ‘AR-15s and AK-47s on the streets saying he doesn’t believe “a civilian should own” such a weapon.

Fox News’ David Rutz and Peter Hasson contributed to this report.


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