The Associated Press reported that Beto O’Rourke, a native of El Paso, Texas and fourth-generation Irish-American, spoke to a crowd of supporters in “his Native Spanish.”
It is emblematic of just how far the media is willing to go to push the narrative that Beto, whose real name is Robert Francis O’Rourke, has some sort of street cred in the Hispanic community.
Either that or their reporters are completely ignorant to the fact that he is a white man whose native tongue is very clearly English.
In the since-corrected (without noting the error) article, the AP wrote, “O’Rourke also spoke at length in his native Spanish, eliciting loud and sustained cheers.”
Yes, O’Rourke spoke to the crowd in Spanish. And yes, he goes by the name Beto, a common Spanish nickname for first names ending in “-berto” as a means to set himself apart as having ties to the Hispanic community.
But he most decidedly does not have Spanish as his native language.
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) March 31, 2019
Championed an Open Border
In that speech, O’Rourke celebrated the U.S.-Mexico border even as President Trump threatens to shut it down “if Mexico doesn’t immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States.”
Ignoring all evidence to the contrary, Robert Francis declared that the border was perfectly safe.
“We are safe, not despite the fact that we are a city of immigrants and asylum seekers,” he claimed. “We are safe because we are a city of immigrants and asylum seekers.”
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 21, 2019
It’s been a campaign theme for the Democratic presidential candidate to whistle through the graveyard, ignoring facts that an open border creates terrorism as well as opioid crisis risks for Americans.
“I’m here to tell you a profoundly positive story from the U.S.-Mexico border,” O’Rourke said without evidence just weeks ago. “We do not need any walls.”
He would later add that building a wall is trying “to solve a problem that we do not have.”
Despite the AP’s best efforts to portray O’Rourke as a Hispanic-American, the White House has decided they will remind everyone of his real name. So ‘Beto’ is out.
Republicans have long accused the Irish and Welsh O’Rourke of rallying behind ‘Beto’ so he can better identify with key Hispanic voters.
White House principal deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley made it clear Trump’s campaign has no intention of playing along.
Asked if the President planned to call him by his real name on the campaign trail, Gidley responded: “Well, he’s called him that before on the campaign trail. And why wouldn’t he? That’s his name.”
Wait. . . They speak Spanish in Ireland? WHO KNEW!?!
— Kelly D Johnston (@johnston_kelly) March 31, 2019
Even if the media wants to pretend he’s Hispanic.
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