It’s hard to know what constituency Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is targeting by dropping F-bombs all over the media landscape.
Normally, I’d guess high school hipsters but they can’t vote. Maybe Beto is trying to sound “working class” — power to the effin’ worker and all that. But let’s face it, Beto doesn’t look or sound “working class.” He looks and sounds like a nerdy folk singer — which is exactly what he was.
All we know is that Beto has been using a naughty word for making love a lot these last 24 hours.
Former Texas representative and 2020 hopeful Beto O’Rourke railed against Congress late Saturday for not doing enough to stop gun violence after yet another mass shooting. After a gunman in west Texas left at least 5 dead and 21 injured, O’Rourke told voters in Virginia that “there is no reason” Americans should live with such gun violence. “Not sure how many gunmen, not sure how many people have been shot. Don’t know how many people have been killed, the condition of those who have survived. Don’t know what the motivation is, do not yet know the firearms that were used, or how they acquired them. But we do know that this is fu**ed up,” he said.
Just in case his barnyard epithet got lost in the flotsam and jetsam of media coverage, he tweeted it:
We don't know how many have been killed. We don't know the motivation. But here's what we do know: This is fucked up. pic.twitter.com/NRvyPfUjiM
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 1, 2019
PJ Media’s Managing Editor, Paula Bolyard, was way ahead of me when she tweeted this:
Note to Beto: 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. https://t.co/dekurEQrXZ
— Paula Bolyard (@pbolyard) September 1, 2019
Politicians do crazy things to get attention. Calvin Coolidge famously appeared in an Indian war bonnet — much to the mirth of the public. Michael Dukakis shared a memorable photo of him riding in a tank with a ridiculous looking (on him) helmet.
But dropping F-bombs like an obscene comedian’s stand up act is not “presidential.” We already have a non-presidential president, so that spot’s been taken already.