“Beto was nasty, and he said he was born for it,” President Trump said Friday night. “Like he was born from heaven, he came down and if that’s the case, some really bad things happened because he made a total fool out of himself.”
Following Beto O’Rourke’s long-overdue withdrawal on Friday from the Democrats’ thundering herd of 2020 presidential hopefuls, President Trump took some solid whacks at the exiting candidate. It was at the Tupelo, Mississippi rally that Trump ladled up some “heavenly” gravy on O’Rourke’s mashed spuds.
He also called O’Rourke “that poor bastard,” and said: “Poor pathetic guy. He was pathetic.”
Earlier, Trump tweeted, “Oh no, Beto just dropped out of race for President despite him saying he was ‘born for this,'” Trump tweeted. “I don’t think so!”
Oh no, Beto just dropped out of race for President despite him saying he was “born for this.” I don’t think so!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2019
O’Rourke joined the presidential race in March, being featured on a Vanity Fair cover, declaring: “Man, I’m just born to be in it.” Months later, polling at just 1% and a campaign short of cash, O’Rourke is done.
“Man, I’m just born to be in it.” Beto O’Rourke seemed to come from nowhere to the brink of a presidential candidacy—but he’s been on this journey for his whole life. O’Rourke spoke with Joe Hagan. Photographs by Annie Leibovitz. https://t.co/WhmQGZnbUg pic.twitter.com/a7DCoaZdtd
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) March 13, 2019
Just minutes before Trump’s tweet, O’Rourke, the Irish-American who was so ashamed of his whiteness that he adopted a Latino nickname, posted a series of tweets announcing the end of his regrettable campaign.
His initial tweet included a link to a grandiose campaign obituary posted to Medium, with his own by-line in which he pledged his support to the eventual Democrat nominee and his undying opposition to President Trump.
Our campaign has always been about seeing clearly, speaking honestly, and acting decisively.
In that spirit: I am announcing that my service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee. https://t.co/8jrBPGuX4t
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) November 1, 2019
Most significantly, his eulogy expressed pride in having a role in the amping up of leftist furor against the president, saying, “And at this moment of truth for our country, we laid bare the cost and consequence of Donald Trump: the rise in hate crimes, the terror attack in El Paso, the perversion of the Constitution, the diminished standing of the United States around the world. But we also made clear the common responsibility to confront him, to hold him accountable and ensure that he does not serve another term in office. Committing ourselves to this task not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans first before we are anything else.”
He seemed to also be making himself available for a position in the administration of a potential Dem president–perhaps ATF chief in charge of gun confiscation. “Whether it is ending the epidemic of gun violence or dismantling structural racism or successfully confronting climate change before it is too late, we will continue to organize and mobilize and act in the best interests of America,” he wrote.
In fact, Elizabeth Warren seemed to be putting out a feeler his way for the position of Gun Grabbing Czar when she tweeted: “Thank you, @BetoORourke. Your commitment to ending gun violence and uplifting the voices of the victims and their families has made this presidential race—and our country—stronger. I look forward to working together in the fight to end gun violence.”
Thank you, @BetoORourke. Your commitment to ending gun violence and uplifting the voices of the victims and their families has made this presidential race—and our country—stronger. I look forward to working together in the fight to end gun violence.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) November 1, 2019
The only real buzz O’Rourke created was of the negative variety as he promised to lay waste to the Second Amendment. “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against a fellow American anymore,” he proclaimed during the September Democrat primary debate.
The Democrat Party is said to be urging O’Rourke to run for the Senate, though his campaign says there are “no plans” to do so at this point. Given all the desperate, radical campaign promises he made trying to gain some presidential traction, he will be lugging a lot of baggage into any new effort for another political office.
At least one conservative pundit took aim squarely at the few supporters O’Rourke had. Friday night, Tucker Carlson said: “In the end, his campaign was exactly what you expected it to be. It was a constellation of shallow, fragile dumb people talking to themselves.”
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