Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke interrupted a press conference following a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, claiming Republican Gov. Greg Abbott was “doing nothing.”
O’Rourke was escorted out by security after the shameful act in front of a grieving community.
‘You are doing nothing’: Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke interrupts state officials holding a news conference about the mass shooting at a school that left 19 children and two teachers dead https://t.co/gfrfe7KM3F pic.twitter.com/ts68RQC6bR
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“Gov. Abbott, I have something to say,” O’Rourke shouted. “The time to stop the next shooting is right now, and you are doing nothing.”
“This is totally predictable,” he added.
Beto O’Rourke interrupts ongoing press conference by Texas Gov. Abbott and other officials. pic.twitter.com/qa8YY0ghQy
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At least 19 students and two teachers were killed during the mass shooting. A nearby Border Patrol officer responding to the call charged into the school and killed the shooting to end the tragedy.
O’Rourke’s comments were clearly an attempt for political gain, but clearly backfired as his stunt instead turned the crowd and others against him for interrupting efforts to help during a difficult time for the nation in a scene many will remember when it comes time to vote in Texas in November.