Bloomberg correspondent Gregory Korte made a pretty big deal about Francis Robert O’Rourke putting his campaign on pause after the El Paso shooting.
Beto O'Rourke puts his presidential campaign on pause after El Paso shooting https://t.co/HdkJz7jKGQ
— Gregory Korte (@gregorykorte) August 7, 2019
Since the Saturday shooting, O’Rourke has displayed raw emotions as he’s attended vigils, memorials and hospitals. He profanely lashed out at a reporter and challenged the press to “connect the dots” on what he called Trump’s incitement of racism and violence.
O’Rourke left the Democratic debates in Detroit last week for three days of campaigning in Nevada. He canceled a visit to California’s San Quentin prison scheduled for Monday, two days after the shooting. And Wednesday, he said he was canceling Friday’s appearance in Iowa as well.
He was scheduled to appear at the Des Moines Register Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair — a campaign staple that only three other invited candidates — Democrats Mike Gravel and Wayne Messam, and Republican President Donald Trump — have not committed to.
Maybe we’re cynical but this sounds like campaigning to us, especially since El Paso is at the center of attention right now. Brit Hume appears to have thought the same:
Right. He put it on pause so that he could remain in El Paso, which just happens to be where the national spotlight is shining brightest. Oh, and he used that spotlight to attack Trump as responsible for the massacre. But of course he’s not campaigning. Not at all. https://t.co/ocO3tMVqta
— Brit Hume (@brithume) August 8, 2019
It’s all just a coincidence, right Beto?
Imagine that you're driving down a road. You drift off the road and put your car into a ditch, breaking an axil. You then turn around and tell your passengers that you're putting the trip "on pause".
…and you're dressed like a large bunny.
Now you're living like Beto.
— Redcloak the Unruly (@BrewingAle) August 8, 2019
Fine, always pickin’ on bunnies.
The truth is far from "Beto".
— Russ Thompson (@bassnkeys) August 8, 2019
If you're moving backwards while trying to move forward…and have a pause button…you hit it.
— U.S. Route 41 (@USRoute41) August 8, 2019
Ummm … we were told there would be NO math.
Did it ever start? Hugely disappointed in this guy who at one point I thought be a tolerable Democrat.
— Jason Scalese (@coachscalese) August 8, 2019
He really has been sort of ‘eh’.
He should just go ahead and end his campaign. He's polling at levels that rival @ericswalwell and his laughable attempt to become the Democratic nominee.
Someone tell Robert Francis that his 15 minutes expired after he lost to @tedcruz.
— Kevin Barnard (@KevyB1990) August 8, 2019
His goal has been 2024 all along. He never had a shot at 2020 nomination. This helps Beto gain more visibility and name recognition.
— Daniel P Clark (@dpcrr) August 8, 2019
An interesting point and a possibility.
On pause, and into the dumpster.
— Edward Fox (@ewfoxjr) August 8, 2019
Brutal, but not totally untrue.