The master of idiocy himself, former House Rep. Beto O’Rourke, continued to make his pitch to be the 2020 Democratic Court Jester – er, presidential nominee – on Saturday, when he made the odd claim that American law enforcement cares so little about transgender women of color that they can be murdered without any legal consequences whatsoever. Who knew?
Like most of O’Rourke’s dumbest remarks, this one came as he outlined his stance against guns.
“I would be afraid if I were a schoolteacher in a kindergarten classroom and those kids for whom I had already sacrificed so much were up against a gunman with an AR-15 because we didn’t have the courage to stop them while we still had time,” O’Rourke told a crowd in Iowa. “I would be afraid if I were the son of an immigrant who went to work early this morning and never came back, detained and deported back to a country he had not seen for 20 years.
“I would be afraid if I was a trans woman of color who could be killed with complete impunity in this country right now with no one to follow up or investigate,” he continued.
As far as we know, there are no statistics to back up this ludicrous claim, but then, that’s nothing new for O’Rourke, who is building his campaign on exaggerations and outlandish statements rather than fact-based policies.
Even top Democrats in Washington have grown weary of O’Rourke’s nonsense. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone on Capitol Hill more dedicated to passing gun control measures than Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, but when he was asked about Beto’s “Hell yes, we’re gonna take your AR-15s” stunt from the debates, he was less than enthusiastic.
“I don’t know of any other Democrat who agrees with Beto O’Rourke, but it’s no excuse not to go forward,” Schumer told New York reporters this week.
This got under Beto’s notoriously thin skin, and he lashed out at Schumer in Aurora, Colorado in remarks to the media.
“Ask Chuck Schumer what he’s been able to get done,” O’Rourke said. “We still don’t have background checks. Didn’t have them when he was in the majority, either. So, you know, the game that he’s played, the politics that he’s pursued have given us absolutely nothing and have produced a situation where we lose nearly 40,000 of our fellow Americans every year.”
That may be true, but as far as we can tell, O’Rourke didn’t accomplish much when he was in the House of Representatives, either. Nor is he likely to do much as president…mostly because he’s never going to BE president. In fact, after this trainwreck of a campaign, we’d say his once-promising career in politics is just about over.
Maybe Bloomberg’s hiring spokespeople for his Everytown group.
Or maybe Beto can just go back to singing punk rock.