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Beto Campaign Exploits Mass Shooting By Selling Obscene T-Shirt

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Need more proof that Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke is desperately trying to rejuvenate his failing campaign? In the wake of the west Texas shooting, Beto sought to separate himself from his opponents by dropping F-bombs. “We don’t know how many have been killed. We don’t know the motivation. But here’s what we do know: This is f**ked up.”

As PJMedia’s managing editor Paula Bolyard noted, “Swearing doesn’t make you sound hip or passionate. It makes you sound like you’re trying too hard to sound hip and passionate as you’re exploiting the deaths of shooting victims, whose bodies are still warm, for political purposes.” Apparently Beto didn’t get the message because his campaign is now selling shirts with “This is f**ked up” on them in response to the shooting.

Democrats often attack Trump for not acting presidential enough, so it is curious that Beto is taking what could have simply been explained as a single passionate moment of anger and turning it into merchandising opportunity. Further, even though the campaign claims the proceeds will go to anti-gun violence charities, the purchase of a shirt still counts as a donation to his campaign, which means Beto is, at the very least, exploiting the tragedy to increase the donor base of his floundering campaign, which may be crucial for his ability to qualify for future primary debates.

Someone should tell Beto that exploiting a shooting to further your political ambitions is f**ked up.