Published On: Thu, May 26th, 2022

Beto O’Rourke Interrupts Press Conference To Blame Texas Governor for Mass Shootings and He’s Right

Beto below stage demanding to speak at Abbott and to everyone at the table. Screencap NBC.

About 24 hours after the unsurprising but somehow devastating news that there was another mass shooting at an elementary school, the city of Uvalde held a press conference with many high-profile local and state “leaders” in a high school auditorium. The suspect, who was fatally shot at the scene, murdered 19 students and two teachers, with more in critical condition, days before the summer break. There to speak at the conference was Governor Greg Abbott and crew (Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton), Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, and more (almost exclusively) “good ol’ boys.” Fifteen minutes into the press conference, former congressman Beto O’Rourke came in to make it clear who was at fault.

On video, as Abbott begins passing the mic to Patrick, you can hear O’Rourke, off-camera, saying something along the lines of “Governor Abbott, I would like to say something.” Everyone on the stage looks uncomfortable, Cruz starts chuckling, and McLaughlin starts yelling at O’Rourke. In the muffled chaos, you can hear O’Rourke reference the shooting at Santa Fe High School (2018, 10 killed) and El Paso (2019, 23 killed).

The Mary Sue

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