Rep Tony Gonzales responds to Beto O’Rourke’s outburst during update on Greg Abbott’s Uvalde set

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Rep. Tony Gonzales, who represents Uvalde, said Beto O’Rourke’s outburst during Gov. Greg Abbot’s update on the Texas shooting “spits rhetoric and hate” as the community struggled. need for unity.

“It’s sad to see politicians trying to profit politically from the deaths of innocent children,” Gonzales, a Republican, told Fox News.

“Not today. Not today,” he continued. “It’s about healing.”

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke interrupted a press conference held by Texas Governor Greg Abbott after the Uvalde school shooting.
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Abbott, a Republican, spoke for about 10 minutes before attempting to give Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick the floor. But O’Rourke, a former U.S. Representative running for governor, approached the scene and cut him off.

Democrat Beto O'Rourke interrupts a press conference led by Texas Governor Greg Abbott after the Uvalde school shooting.
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Democrat Beto O’Rourke interrupts a press conference led by Texas Governor Greg Abbott after the Uvalde school shooting.
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Parts of the Democrat’s outburst were inaudible, though he accused Abbott of “doing nothing” to limit access to guns and called the governor’s response “totally predictable.” O’Rourke was escorted out of the auditorium after a brief exchange with several onstage officials.

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Rep. Gonzales crosses the street from Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

Rep. Gonzales crosses the street from Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
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“We all have to come together,” Gonzales told Fox News. “There is no time for political antics.”

O’Rourke came down “spewing rhetoric and hate,” Gonzales continued. “It’s about unity. We all have to come together because everyone is hurting.”

The Texas Republican said he had just come out of a briefing where “essentially everyone in the room had to relive this traumatic experience.”

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Gonzales also praised the efforts of law enforcement. He specifically named Lt. Javier Martinez, who he said “came on fire and was injured” and, within 24 hours, “was briefing leaders on what was happening.”

“At the end of the day, it was a joint law enforcement effort,” Gonzales said. “It cannot be underestimated.”

“They saved lives,” he continued. “More than 600 children were in this school.”

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Members of law enforcement stand outside Robb Elementary School after a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.

Members of law enforcement stand outside Robb Elementary School after a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.
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“As bad as this situation is, these men and women, Javier Martinez and [Uvalde Police Chief Pete] Arredondo, saved hundreds of lives,” Gonzales said.

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