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.
What’s authentic about an Irish guy pretending to be Hispanic? Asking for some friends Texas. https://t.co/c30OjHdN8j
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 15, 2018
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.
Hey #Texas! California-dweller @EvaLongoria is interfering in YOUR election by stumping 4 an Irish guy with an arrest history 4 burglary& DUI. His name is Robert Francis O’Rourke, but she calls him #Beto with the cutest ‘lil accent!#VoteTedCruz#VoteRedhttps://t.co/z7FKup7hQ2
— DrConservaMom🇺🇸🐸🌐 (@ConservaMomUSA) October 10, 2018
Here’s a sampling of other responses from Twitter to the Democrat most likely to be compared to Pocahontas.
Did you know:
In 2013 U.S. Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke was ruled ineligible for membership in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) October 17, 2018
Yeah, that doesn’t make you Hispanic or Latino. Your neighborhood has ZERO to do with your heritage and skin color. Robert Francis.
— Sheila (@SHGator95) October 18, 2018
Democrats must love that @CNN is wasting that infomercial in Texas when they have so many other candidates on the ropes
— Claire Mahoney (@TaggertGirl) October 19, 2018
Did he learn that BS rhetoric from @SenWarren or something?
— James Lawson (@maxxscape) October 18, 2018
Just like Liz Warren claiming to be an American Indian
— Calogero Milan (@cjmilan01) October 19, 2018
— Honey (@honeys2cool) October 19, 2018
Is Beto listed as an alias on his charge sheet for the hit and run?
— stefi (@stefiamico) October 19, 2018
Fellow Texans I watched a con artist on CNN last night named Robert Frances O’Rourke aka Beto to sound Hispanic. Kinda like Fake Indian Sen. Warren. What’s up Democrats. Beto just join #MESIOUX
— TB (@TBerry49) October 19, 2018
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