On Thursday, White House hopeful and former Representative Beto O’Rourke from Texas was scheduled to appear at the Iowa State Fair and several other political events in the state as part of his campaign.
However, early on Thursday, he announced that he would not be traveling to Iowa and instead would make a trip to Juarez, Mexico.
O’Rourke has said that he plans to meet with Chihuahua governor Javier Corral Jurado and Ciudad Juarez Mayor Armando Cabada, as well as attend a funeral for a Mexican victim of a recent shooting.
Juarez is directly across the border from El Paso, O’Rourke’s home town and the location of a mass shooting that took place this past weekend. During the shooting, 20 innocent civilians were killed, and 26 more were wounded in a local Walmart when a racist and anti-immigrant man opened fire with an assault weapon.
In the wake of the attack in his home town, O’Rourke immediately opened verbal fire against President Donald Trump blaming him for the actions of the deranged shooter. According to the former congressman, Trump is racist and “he’s been racist from day one… He’s trafficked in this stuff from the very beginning, and we are reaping right now what he has sown.”
However, O’Rourke says that “no part of me right now is thinking about politics; is thinking about any campaign or election.” He told reporters, “All of me is with and thinking about this community.”
Really? Because lashing out at our president while being in a race for that very position, no matter what party you belong to sounds an awful lot like playing politics.
Although, he has publicly announced that he would be suspending his campaign “to be with my family and my hometown,” which is entirely understandable. Any leader, former or current, would be wise to offer support to a hurting community.
But that isn’t all that Beto is doing. Sure, he is visiting victims, attending vigils, and spending time in his community. But he is also attending anti-Trump rallies, meeting with politicians, and busy attacking Trump’s character, calling him a white supremacist.
And while he is missing out on critical campaign events in Iowa that many believe are crucial to him winning both the state and the election overall, he isn’t getting any shortage of media coverage while staying in El Paso. MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle said after she interviewed O’Rourke in his hometown, “As bad as this may sound, could this moment be a chance for Beto to gain some momentum?”
If he has anything to say about it, it will. He is currently a very low man on the Democratic totem pole, with only 1% in the polls. Neither of the Democratic debates did much for him except to push him further into obscurity. Therefore, he needs some serious media attention if he is to gain any ground and move forward in the race.
So you can bet your life that while he is playing the part of a hurting member of the community, he is also using this dreadful event to push his agenda, to get his name out there, and to criticize the efforts of our current president at every turn.
And it seems to be working, somewhat. In his efforts to make Trump and the Republican party the constant enemy, he is gaining the support of several community leaders who are pushing him to run against Republican Senator John Cornyn in the 2020 election. He would have to drop out of the White House election to do so though.
Sadly, as of right now, his plans to be the next president of the US have not changed. He told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, “I will pursue the nomination of our party to serve our country as president of the United States.” But added that “This (El Paso) is the right place for me to be right now.”
And we certainly agree. Furthermore, we can only hope that as time goes on and O’Rourke takes up the campaign trail again, that he would be pushed right back into oblivion by his opponents crazy and left-pushing antics.