Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke has made it official – he’s running for president.
During his failed Senate bid against Republican Ted Cruz, Beto said he wasn’t thinking about the presidency. He was clearly lying.
Now, O’Rourke is once again harping about his mother being a “life-long Republican.”
From Free Beacon:
Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke again referenced his “Republican” mother at a campaign event in Fort Madison, Iowa, despite the fact that she has voted in Democratic primaries in Texas since 2000.
O’Rourke has been going through the Hawkeye State after announcing his presidential campaign, and while he hasn’t developed all the specifics of his platform yet, he has generated a great deal of media attention.
“This campaign that we ran in Texas produced something far greater and more powerful than the sum of people or parts involved. Folks crossed party lines, and I know that personally because my mom, a Republican, voted for us in that election,” O’Rourke told voters.
O’Rourke cited his mother’s supposedly Republican views during his failed Senate campaign against Sen. Ted Cruz, but CNN reported last year that such a characterization of his mother’s politics was misleading.
More about O’Rourke’s mother being a “lifelong Republican,” circa late 2018:
O'Rourke keeps talking about his "lifelong Republican mom."
His mom voted in Democratic primaries in 15 of the last 17 primary elections, including Democratic party primaries in 2000, 2008, 2012, and 2016 that included presidential primaries.
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) October 16, 2018
More on the lie:
Tucked in a lengthy BuzzFeed News profile of O’Rourke in August, however, he himself acknowledged that his mother’s politics were not as clear-cut as he lets on in his stump speech.
“I introduce my mom sometimes, and I kid her a little bit, like ‘my mom’s a lifelong Republican, but we got her to vote for us in this race.’ One day, she came up to me, and she said, ‘You know, that’s just not right: I would describe myself as an independent now, not a Republican. Definitely not a Democrat.’ I don’t know what the size of that universe is, but anecdotally we’re meeting a lot of people who have described themselves that way,” Beto O’Rourke said.
At his anti-Trump counter-rally in El Paso, Texas, the famously anti-wall Beto stood safely on stage behind barriers.
While railing against border walls at his El Paso, Texas, rally on Monday evening, Rep. Beto O’Rourke stood safely on a stage that walled off supporters behind barriers, fences, and barricades.
O’Rourke railed against border walls at the U.S.-Mexico border while enjoying personal security at his rally. Located at the Chalio Acosta Sports Center in El Paso, O’Rourke’s rally came with baseball field fences — already on the property and not placed there by O’Rourke’s staff — that walled off onlookers and kept the congressman’s stage secure from the back.
The fence can be seen behind O’Rourke while he spoke on stage
— Phil Prazan (@PhilPrazan) February 12, 2019
"Walls do not save lives. Walls end lives."
Beto O'Rourke countered President Trump's demands for a border wall during a rally of his own last night in El Paso. pic.twitter.com/0WwCYMh46v
— AJ+ (@ajplus) February 12, 2019
Beto had the audacity to tell his crowd that “walls don’t save lives, they end lives.”
Here's Beto saying "walls do not save lives. Walls end lives" because it forces people who are illegally crossing to go to more remote places on the border. pic.twitter.com/2UssUuCtFj
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) February 12, 2019