Former Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke joined the panel on “The View” yesterday in what appears to be a publicity move to jumpstart his 2020 presidential campaign. Instead of discussing the future it seems Beto and the ladies were focused on the past and the mistakes he has made when he initially launched his campaign earlier this year.
Primarily the focus was on his choice to launch his presidential campaign on the cover of Vanity Fair. The cover, which shows O’Rourke in jeans and a blue button up collared shirt and messy hair standing in between what looks to be the edge of an opened truck or SUV door and a black lab dog in the middle of a dirt road makes him look approachable. However, the headline quotes O’Rourke: “Beto’s CHOICE ‘I want to be in it. Man, I’m just born to be in it,’ His road to 2020 begins” which makes him appear as though his belief is that he is above the rest, born to be president.
Perhaps all of Beto’s comments about not looking ‘elitist’ and being afraid of his ‘privilege’ do in fact express just how elitist and privileged he is…
Joy Behar wasted no time asking if the Vanity Fair cover looked “elitist” to which he nodded his head and said, “Yeah, I think it reinforces that perception of privilege.” In addressing the cover’s quote specifically he said “I was attempting to say that I felt that my calling was in public service. No one is born to be President of the United States of America – least of all me.” He also noted he has had “advantages” in his life that “others cannot enjoy.” Meghan McCain asked Beto about his controversial comments that his wife Amy raised their children “sometimes with my help.” O’Rourke responded to the criticism saying “I deserved it…In a really ham-handed way, I was trying to acknowledge that she has a lion’s share of responsibility during this campaign.”
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The Vanity Fair article was awfully interested in O’Rourke’s race, particularly that he “is a white man”
“O’Rourke is acutely aware, too, of perhaps his biggest vulnerability- being a white man in a Democratic Party yearning for a woman or a person of color, a Kamala Harris or a Cory Booker. ‘The government at all levels is overly represented by white men,’ he says. ‘That’s part of the problem, and I’m a white man. So if I were to run, I think it’s just so important that those who would comprise my team looked like this country. If I were to run, if I were to win, that my administration looks like this country. It’s the only way I know to meet that challenge.”
THE PICKET LINE:
Perhaps all of Beto’s comments about not looking ‘elitist’ and being afraid of his ‘privilege’ do in fact express just how elitist and privileged he is. His comment to the ladies of the View about his future and the campaign pretty much sums up that he is, in fact, privileged: “I have my work cut out for me to be a better person and to ensure I am more mindful to the experiences that others have had different than experiences I had.”