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House Democrats were quick to praise Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke for interrupting Gov. Greg Abbott at a press conference on Wednesday, providing updates on a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, with a congressman comparing him to a man who stood up to Communist China.
“Speaking truth to power,” Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., said in a tweet that has since been deleted. Phillips’ tweet included a photo of O’Rourke interrupting next to the famous photograph of a Chinese man holding shopping bags blocking the path of a communist Chinese tank.
Phillips’ office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
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Another Democrat posted a tweet blaming Abbott and the GOP for the shooting. “[Because] from your lies, your hypocrisy and your cowardice, parents in your state are keeping their children home out of fear for their safety,” Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, DN.J., tweeted at Abbott.
During a news conference about the shooting at Robb Elementary School, O’Rourke derailed Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s discussion of the details of the shooting from the public.
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“The time has come to stop the next shooting, and you’re not doing anything,” O’Rourke said at one point, also adding that the shooting “was totally predictable.”
Patrick replied, “Sir, you are out of place, please leave this auditorium.”
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin also yelled at O’Rourke, calling him a “sick son of a bitch”.
O’Rourke was then escorted out of the auditorium.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman, DN.Y., tweeted that he agreed with O’Rourke that Abbott and “all other Republicans [are] do not act. »
O’Rourke is running against Abbott in the Texas gubernatorial election this year.
Many Democrats, including President Biden, hours after the shooting called for restrictive gun laws and blamed the GOP for contributing to mass shootings due to stalled gun control legislation fired under the Second Amendment.
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Gunmakers have “spent two decades aggressively marketing assault weapons for the biggest, most important profit,” Biden said in a speech to the shooting Wednesday, calling on lawmakers to act. “For God’s sake, we must have the courage to stand up to the industry,” he added.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., blamed Republicans for the shooting.
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“There’s nothing like being ‘pro-life’ while supporting laws that allow children to be slaughtered in their schools, elders in grocery stores, worshipers in their homes of faith, survivors of abusers or anyone in a crowded place,” she said. wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “It’s idolatry of violence. And it has to stop.”
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