On Wednesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference to not only discuss the mass shooting in Uvalde, but he also presented mental health resources that are readily available to the victims and their families. The Republican Governor also offered support for first responders. But apparently, that wasn’t enough as the entire press conference was derailed as Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke casually walked to the stage and confronted the Governor. Before being able to get a word in, several men close the Abbott demanded that he leave. Still, the Democrat accused the Republican of “doing nothing” to help save lives and prevent such tragedies.
Being in the room when the confrontation happened, as can be seen in the video below, Janet Shamlian, a correspondent for CBS News, said, “Well, I did see what happened just before the press conference started. I was in the third row and there were two people across the aisle from me and a moment before the press conference started, they got up from their seats when Beto walked in. So they were seat holders for him. And then he sat down so his presence wasn’t really noticed in the 15 or 20 minutes that people were gathering inside because he was not in the room. So this seems something very clearly staged by Beto O’Rourke and his campaign wanting to confront the Governor at this moment.”
Suggesting that O’Rourke had planned to crash the conference, many residents criticized the Democrat for trying to use such a tragedy to score political points. One individual stated, “For a person to come in there and start that crap. I have no respect for Beto. And the haters that hate him, send me the emails and the texts – to hell with you too. I don’t care if you’re a Democrat or Republican, Independent. We’re American people. We’re trying to come together as a community and to do what you did today…” Take a look.
Another resident added, “Yeah it’s bull—-, man. People are grieving, trying to process their loss and Beto is running around doing this stuff. It’s bull—-, save it for later.”
A reporter for Fox News’, Lawrence Jones, admitted that it was a Democrat area. “And just to put it into context, this is a Democrat area. A lot of them are Democrats. This is not even about politics. This is about their loved ones. … He took this tragedy and made it about him.” He noted that Mayor Don McLaughlin requested no politics. “He told the politicians that were on the stage, ‘This is my town.’ He had made himself very clear to everyone in the room as well as the press that he didn’t want any of that. And so Beto O’Rourke to come to this town and bring his politics, it was so shady, it was so sad, and I think a lot of the families that are grieving just didn’t think much of him after that.”