We told you on Tuesday that Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke’s tax return release immediately brought him even more problems to deal with, and some of the questions that arose had to do with his charitable contributions:
— Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) April 16, 2019
On the campaign trail in Virginia, after being asked about charitable contributions, things somehow got even worse for O’Rourke with his attempt to explain:
Beto O'Rourke defends meager donations to charity, saying he sacrifices through public service https://t.co/yh32OXT1DO
— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) April 17, 2019
“Sacrifices through public service”? Yeah, pretty much:
Beto O'Rourke, tonight, when asked by a student why her sister donates more to charity than him ($1,166 in 2017) despite earning substantially less than his family: pic.twitter.com/nD2a0YxETE
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) April 17, 2019
Everybody “gives back” in their own way:
In lieu of giving to actual charities, this husband of a billionaire heiress runs for political office all the time. https://t.co/T8uXtFNEpn
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) April 17, 2019
From the Dallas Morning News:
Beto O’Rourke defended his meager rate of charitable giving on Tuesday night, saying that he doesn’t report all of his donations to the IRS and in any case, he contributes in other ways through his work in politics.
“I’ve served in public office since 2005. I do my best to contribute to the success of my community, my state and now, of my country. There are ways that I do this that are measurable. And there are ways that I do this that are immeasurable,” he said.
“There are charities that we’ve donated to that we’ve recorded and itemized, others that we’ve donated to that we have not,” O’Rourke said. “I’ll tell you, I’m doing everything I can right now, spending this time with you, not with our kiddos, not back home in El Paso, because I want to sacrifice everything to make sure that we meet this moment of truth with everything we’ve got.”
Now there’s some spin! Merely running for president should count as a charitable contribution now?
Basically, you are lucky to have me here and that is my contribution to society. My mere presence. He’s not arrogant at all. ?
Also, Beto is a furry.
— MLH ♥️ (@just_mindy) April 17, 2019
Lol! "My presence is a present."
— JP (@JPnMiami) April 17, 2019
Everybody make sure to send him a “thank you” note for that gift!
"…spending this time with you…because I want to sacrifice everything…" – gee, thanks, Beto. https://t.co/3Y2aQ2AEzC
— BT (@back_ttys) April 17, 2019
Wow! If he wins the presidency that will probably count as the biggest charitable contribution in all of history!
As far as Democratic politicians are concerned "sacrificing" their oh-so-valuable time by "serving" the public is their preferred form of charitable giving.
— BT (@back_ttys) April 17, 2019
This is not a great answer. https://t.co/lUL93lwheA
— Les East (@Les_East) April 17, 2019
Wow, this is a really crappy non-answer. https://t.co/2P8YaHsCSV
— LeslieP (@less_tx) April 17, 2019
Hope he didn't pull a muscle during that dodge https://t.co/Pcgf1ZNvz8
— Wesley Kushner (@WesleyKushner) April 17, 2019
Even if he did pull a muscle he’ll be back to jumping up onto lunch counters in no time.