Uvalde, Texas was the scene of horror on Tuesday when a mass murderer left 19 students and two teachers dead. Gov. Greg Abbott responded by traveling there and addressing the family members of those who had been lost.
However, he wasn’t the only one who showed up: in a chaotic scene, Abbott’s Democratic rival Beto O’Rourke crashed the event and proceeded to blame Republicans for what had happened.
O’Rourke to Abbott: “You choose not to do anything”
According to the Daily Wire, the incident began shortly after Abbott opened the press conference and then handed the microphone off to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.
That’s when O’Rourke approached the stage and then proceeded to accuse Abbott of failing “to stop the next shooting.”
“The time to stop the next shooting is right now and you are doing nothing. You are offering us nothing,” O’Rourke declared. “This is totally predictable when you choose not to do anything.”
Beto O’Rourke confronts Gov. Abbott in the middle of a press conference on the Uvalde school shooting, saying, “The time to stop the next shooting is right now and you are doing nothing.”
In response, officials on stage call him a “sick son of a b—h” and police escort him out. pic.twitter.com/0YsQp3ZNTO
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O’Rourke’s stunt was not well received by some of the officials who were present, including Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz who told him to “sit down and don’t play this stuff.”
Lawmaker says O’Rourke trying “to capitalize politically” massacre
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin confronted O’Rourke as well, telling law enforcement officers to “please get his a– outta here.”
“Sir, you are out of line. Please leave this auditorium,” McLaughlin continued. “I can’t believe. You’re a sick son of a b—h, you would come to a deal like this to make a political issue.”
Uvalde is in Texas Rep. Tony Gonzales’s congressional district, and he later told Fox News that O’Rourke used the occasion to push “rhetoric and hate.”
“It’s sad to see politicians try to capitalize politically off of the death of innocent children,” he said. “Not today. Not today. This is about healing.”