Early Thursday morning, failed Texas senatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke announced his candidacy for president. Despite unabashed approval from the gushing media, much of the country laughed, jeered and/or shrugged with indifference. Can you blame them? Not if you’ve reviewed the facts.
Watch his announcement below:
First, O’Rourke is a loser who was defeated in the midterm elections last year by Sen. Ted Cruz. This matters because Cruz was himself a loser who got trounced in the 2016 GOP presidential primaries, earning a paltry 7.8 million votes versus President Donald Trump’s 14 million.
Can someone please explain how losing to Ted Cruz qualifies one for a presidential run
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 14, 2019
Imagine losing a Senate election to Ted Cruz and thinking you can win a Presidential election against Donald Trump. The frontrunner for the Democrats is a literal loser. Lmao see you in 2020 @BetoORourke
— Kaitlin Bennett (@KaitMarieox) March 14, 2019
The guy who couldn’t beat Ted Cruz in a Senate race in Texas and talks in circles just announced he’s running for President…
— Matt Couch 🎙 (@RealMattCouch) March 14, 2019
Second, even his former donors appear to be losing interest in him.
O’Rourke raised the hopes of many liberals for raising a whopping $80 million in donations in an attempt to make a significant blue mark in a red state. But, that was Texas, not the nation — a point some previous donors noted in wavering support.
“I wouldn’t automatically line up behind him,” Allan Chrisman, a Duke University emeritus professor who donated to O’Rourke’s 2018 campaign, said to The Washington Times. “My decision to contribute to his campaign was related to that specific situation he was running in.”
Kerri Evelyn Harris, a liberal U.S. Senate candidate from Delaware echoed the sentiment to The Times.
“Did he give them hell in Texas? Absolutely,“ Harris said. “Was he the right person in Texas? Absolutely. But the right person for the nation? Absolutely not.”
At the time the then-House representative had been running against a man whom many — even some within the Republican Party — don’t care for too much because of his allegedly unlikable personality.
Imagine having the confidence to run for president after being beaten by Ted Cruz, the most unlikable person on the planet. Beto shouldn’t be president; he should be a self-help guru. I’d take a seminar.
— Jessica Hulett (@blindcavefish) March 14, 2019
I guess Beto will have to stop running on cult of personality/I’m not as unlikable as Ted Cruz and actually stand for something now?
— Andrew (Andy) M. (@morinap) March 14, 2019
Dude couldn’t even win his own home state against a candidate as unlikable as Ted Cruz. I wonder what he’ll run for after he loses this election. Mayor? Dog catcher?
— Rooster (@Rooster0620) March 14, 2019
Another former donor who spoke with the Times complained about O’Rourke’s lack of experience and his lack of knowledge regarding the most basic issues.
“The door is open to Beto, but my biggest thing about him would be his lack of experience,” the donor, an Iowa woman, reportedly said. “What he needs to do is some preparation and educating and informing himself on issues to show that he is ready to take his place.”
Third, O’Rourke is a white man, and recent trends suggest Democrats essentially hate white men. Speaking a couple months back about potential 2020 Democrat primary candidates, CNN political analyst Harry Enten opined that he wasn’t “sure it’s time to nominate a white man.”
“Another white male,” he lamented in regard to Sen. Sherrod Brown. “I’m very suspect of that this year going into a Democrat primary, with women doing well and the African African base of the Democrat party. I’m not sure it’s time to nominate a white man.”
Many Democrats feel similarly about O’Rourke:
White male privilege. Only a privileged person like Beto O’Rourke, who ran through $30 million and still lost to Ted Cruz, could think he can run for President and win. There are better democrat candidates.
— Pet Wisdom for Life (@SDWisdom) March 14, 2019
Beto is a centrist and a privileged white guy who’ll sell out everyone for profit and we’ll get nowhere. he has no personal stake in any of the important issues of today. Might as well throw your vote away
— Babe of the Abyss (@ssshheeemusic) March 14, 2019
I think the fusion of Irish American and Hispanic (from El Paso, Spanish speaking, “Beto”) is quite compelling. But agree he is basically another privileged white bloke in a diverse field.
— Rachel Danae Burgin (@MrsBurgin) March 14, 2019
Fourth, a lot of folks doubt the newfound presidential candidate’s sincerity. Some believe he’s only running for president to rake in lots of donations and draw the attention of Biden.
Why Biden? Because, although he hasn’t announced his candidacy yet, polls show that he stands the highest chance of winning the Democrat nomination and perhaps even beating Trump.
Beto who only got close to Ted Cruz in the last election bc people don’t like Cruz, would also lose to Trump…
He’s just trying to be Biden’s VP pick… which he wont be because there’s NO WAY that democrats would have 2 white men on their 2020 ticket.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) March 14, 2019
Plenty of poly analysts have predicted that he’s just gunning for a VP spot. I want candidates with momentum (which Beto does, I’m not claiming that), to be in roles that matter the most – like the senate. A VP Beto is a useless Beto.
— Original Texas Most (@dj_toastdad) March 14, 2019
Last but not least, O’Rourke supports Israel, and that’s not a good look for any Democrat presidential party given as the party is teeming with raging anti-Semitism.
The presidential candidate reportedly describes himself as “a proud advocate of Israel.” And two years ago he voted in favor of the Taylor Force Act, a bill that “prohibits certain … economic support assistance that directly benefits the Palestinian Authority (PA) from being made available for the West Bank and Gaza unless the Department of State certifies that the PA, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and any successor or affiliated organizations” meet certain stipulations.
Three strikes, you’re out.
What in the world do you like about Beto?? He’s to the right of Ted Cruz on supporting Apartheid Israel. He’s been part of a coalition of democrats which has been virulently pro-business, and conservative. His voting record is atrocious.
— ProletariatRising (@ProletariatRis1) March 14, 2019
Beto can go fuck himself, he literally supports Israel, and im seeing so many Palestinians on my tl excited that he’s running for president… sorry, that could never be me
— 𝓓𝓱𝓾𝓱𝓪🌞 (@DyslexicMinds) March 14, 2019
i’ll agree to vote beto if he stops supporting israel or he’s the top democratic nominee and he’s our only hope to get trump out of office n that’s my opinion on that
— kobe📉 (@kysmilan) March 14, 2019
— Kamala Oppo (@KamalaOppo) March 14, 2019
Nice try, though, Beto. Maybe next time?
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