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So… you’re Irish? Beto O’Rourke slammed when awkward exchange forces him to explain Hispanic nickname

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While not as brazen as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, was put in an awkward situation Thursday evening during a CNN townhall that served as little more than an infocommercial for a fading candidate.

Moderator Dana Bash brought up questions over why O’Rourke goes by Beto — his legal name is Robert Francis O’Rourke — before taking a question from the audience.

“Congressman, throughout the campaign, you have been attacked for being what Donald Trump Jr. has called ‘an Irish guy pretending to be Hispanic,’” said a student. “So what does the Hispanic community mean to you and what relationships do you have with that community?”

The Democrat launched into full spin mode, essentially suggesting that because he lives among Hispanics, that makes him Hispanic — or something like that.

“You know this in McAllen, if you are born Robert, or Albert, or Gilbert, or Umberto, your folks, your friends, your community calls you Beto,” O’Rourke replied, saying he was nicknamed Beto as a child.

“Born and raised in fourth generation in El Paso in a community that is more than 80-percent Mexican-American,” he added. “This is part of who I am. It’s where I’m from.”

The student’s reference to Trump Jr. was based on a tweet from President Donald Trump’s oldest son.

“What’s authentic about an Irish guy pretending to be Hispanic? Asking for some friends Texas,” Trump Jr. tweeted.

An Irish guy pretending to be Hispanic is authentic enough for liberals such as Eva Longoria, as seen below — but then fake identities is a Hollywood trademark.

Here’s a sampling of other responses from Twitter to the Democrat most likely to be compared to Pocahontas.

Tom Tillison


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