Beto O’Rourke’s ‘motherf —er’ outburst belies pledge to avoid ‘the F-word’


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Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic candidate for Texas governor, appeared to violate his promise to refrain from using the F-word during a campaign event on Wednesday.

An event attendee appeared to laugh as O’Rourke spoke about the May mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which sparked the Democratic nominee’s outburst of profanity, video of the town hall event showed. . The participant’s interruption came as O’Rourke lambasted state laws that allowed Uvalde’s shooting suspect to obtain a high-powered rifle on his 18th birthday.

“Hundreds of rounds and take this weapon that was originally designed for use on the battlefields of Vietnam to penetrate an enemy soldier’s helmet from 500 feet and knock him down,” O’Rourke said in kneeling on the ground, imitating a soldier. shoot with a gun.

He then quickly turned around after hearing the apparent laughter of the crowd during his demonstration.

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“It may be funny for you, mother — uh, but it’s not funny for me,” O’Rourke shouted, drawing loud applause from his supporters in attendance.

However, in the middle of his 2020 presidential campaign, O’Rourke pledged to stop using the F-word. The pledge came after a voter asked about his frequent swearing.

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“Great point, and I don’t intend to use the F-word in the future. Point taken and very strongly advanced. We’ll keep it clean,” he said in March 2019.

O’Rourke, who commonly used the F-word at presidential campaign events, also appeared to break off the engagement just months after doing so.

“We average about 300 mass shootings a year, no other country comes close — so yeah, it’s screwed,” he remarked during a town hall on CNN in September 2019. And if we don’t call for what he is, then we will continue to have this kind of bloodshed in America.”

Pictured are Beto O’Rourke and Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas. O’Rourke and Abbott are set to face each other in the November election.
(Photo by Chris Saucedo/Getty Images for SXSW | Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

O’Rourke ultimately dropped out of the 2020 race in November 2019 after falling behind in the polls. He also failed to unseat incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in 2018.

In late 2021, O’Rourke announced his candidacy for Governor of Texas.

“Together we can move beyond the petty divisive politics we see in Texas today – and back to the big, bold vision that defined Texas,” he tweeted at the time.

He is expected to face Governor Greg Abbott in November. Recent polls have given Abbott a substantial lead over O’Rourke, according to FiveThirtyEight.

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The O’Rourke campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fox News Digital reporter Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.


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