According to Fox News host Laura Ingraham, the potential Democrat candidate apt to pose the greatest threat to President Donald Trump in the 2020 election is failed Texas senatorial nominee Rep. Beto O’Rourke. Why? Because Beto is the “White Obama.”
“They don’t want Biden! They want to Beto,” she said Monday evening during a discussion about the Democrat most likely to clinch the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination.
She added that though polls show former Vice President Bill Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leading the pack, Beto stands the best chance.
“Obama folks and the former president himself, they are kind of running out of patience with Trump. Obama is like, ‘Let me show you how it’s done, and Beto is kind of the, as he is described, as the ‘White Obama.’ They are describing him that way,” she posited.
By “they” she meant the Democrats and their media allies, who began describing Beto as the “White Obama” during the midterm elections earlier this year.
“He’s like a white Obama. He has a certain charisma, swag if you will, but you don’t get the sense that it is plastic or fake,” a random left-leaning voter said in September to the Financial Times.
The meme reappeared two months later in Politico, which quoted a Democrat bundler and strategist saying, “He’s Barack Obama, but white.”
This meme has also taken hold on social media:
Not surprising. Hes a white Obama in a way. Still like @BarackObama more but @BetoORourke impact on Texas electorate is notable. If he can do that nationally @TheDemocrats will have historically great 2020 – better than even 08′ potentially…
— Luke (@bizwiz1980) December 5, 2018
@BetoORourke is the white, Spanish speaking Obama from the deep red state of Texas. Like Obama he leans to the middle but has plenty of name recognition and hype. He will make a great VP and future President but now is not his time but please run with the intent on becoming VP.
— ?Darius Evans? (@DariusEvans93) December 5, 2018
good fighter which is a positive.. he seems like he would be relatively easy for the Trump machine to tear apart in similar ways to Hillary, and then some prob. I am far from sold on Beto but “white Obama” just might sell.. “populist” dem, youngish white male.. win then engineer.
— Ian Livingston (@islivingston) December 5, 2018
— Catherine McClary (@districtofcat) December 5, 2018
NEW VIDEO: BETO MEETS BARACK: https://t.co/Ah3Ho6LEeP
Obama gave his stamp of approval…
I know we’re confident…
but GOP better start taking this guy seriously.
The “White Obama” means business. #Beto #betoorourke #BetoForPresident #Election2020 #Democrats #Trump2020 #Trump pic.twitter.com/d4cHJB1hPD
— enochsynopsis (@enochsynopsis) December 5, 2018
The former president’s aides appear to buy into this narrative as well.
“Aides to the former president and the man himself say O’Rourke’s campaign against Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, gave them flashbacks to Obama’s precocious political rise and has positioned the young white congressman as an early if unlikely heir to the first black president’s ‘hope and change’ mantle,” NBC News reported this week.
Obama reportedly agrees with this sentiment.
This perception of Beto as the former president’s white twin stems from, one, his embrace of youthful indiscretion both in his past and in his current life as an elected member of Congress.
He boasts a childlike skateboarding habit, he sees no problem with cursing publicly, he used to be in a band and he was arrested roughly 20 years ago for driving while under the influence.
Watch as he skateboards across the stage during what was supposed to be a serious political rally in Corpus Christi two months ago:
Beto’s socialist-light policies likewise mirror those of Obama to a T. But just like the former president, his rhetoric rarely matches his actions.
Despite raking in millions of dollars in donations during the midterms, Beto chose to not share his newfound wealth with other struggling candidates, much to the chagrin of Democrat strategists.
“[H]e could have a huge impact for the party by sharing some of it with the D.S.C.C. so it could be spent in states where candidates just need a little extra to get over the hump,” one strategist said.
Others felt similarly, though sadly for them Beto chose to horde his wealth in the same hypocritical fashion as Obama:
The reality is Beto now has more $$$ than he could possibly need for his campaign. He should probably be transferring millions to TX Dem Party & others to help other Dem candidates.
— Paul Kane (@pkcapitol) October 12, 2018
How about you share some of those millions with the women democratic candidates to help flip the senate blue?
— Roslyn Metchis (@Roslynbooks) October 14, 2018
Share the largesse Beto.
— Nance & Moose (@teevagirl) October 14, 2018
— raphy (@RaphyJacobson) October 12, 2018
Hey @BetoORourke, you should spend your $38.1 million to pay your grassroots headquarters organizers and other volunteers.
These people are spending so much time working for you, often an equivalent of a second job, and they’re spending their own money doing it.
— Spencer Bounds (@Spencer4Texas) October 13, 2018
The irony was that the seemingly greedy Senate nominee appears to be a lightweight socialist. When asked at the time by a BBC reporter whether or not he supports socialist principles like the common ownership of the means of production, he reportedly played “coy.”
“It is hard to think of another mainstream US politician who would answer with anything other than the word ‘no,’” BBC News journalist James Cook reported in shock in October.
“But even given several chances, Mr O’Rourke does not disavow socialism as a creed, instead insisting ‘the party labels just do not matter anymore. I’m convinced of it. It’s not Republican or Democrat. It’s Texan and American and that’s what we’re standing for in this campaign.’”
Yet when it came to his own money, he seemed to prefer acting like a greedy capitalist pig.
Because of these similarities between Obama and Beto, it’s clear why so many view the Texas representative as the “White Obama.” What’s unclear is whether being the so-called “White Obama” is enough to propel him to victory against Joe Biden in the 2020 Democrat primary.
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