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Motherfuckergate

Sometimes, I just enjoy a a story about swearing.

Beto O’Rourke confronted a heckler Wednesday at a campaign event who laughed while he was talking about the Uvalde school shooting, telling the person, “It may be funny to you, motherfucker, but it is not funny to me.”

The moment, which spread quickly online afterward, came as the Democratic gubernatorial challenger was hosting an evening town hall in Mineral Wells. On live broadcasts of the event, loud laughing could be heard as O’Rourke described the impact of AR-15s, dropping to a knee to emphasize what he said were the wartime capabilities of the firearm.

O’Rourke’s admonishment of the person drew sustained applause and cheers from the crowd. He quickly moved on in his stump speech, talking about wanting to keep kids safe as the school year begins.

It is unclear who exactly was laughing, but tweets from the event showed there was a group of protesters present holding campaign signs for Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. On one live broadcast, the camera panned to the group after O’Rourke’s response and showed one of them laughing.

“Nothing more serious to me than getting justice for the families in Uvalde and stopping this from ever happening again,” O’Rourke tweeted afterward.

It was not the first time O’Rourke has addressed heckling at an event while discussing gun violence. He responded less explicitly last month in Snyder, telling the person, “Might be funny to you. It isn’t to me.”

It’s well known by this point that Beto has a potty mouth, which for many of us is part of his appeal. I don’t know why this particular example of said saltiness went national, but it did. The story notes that while there have been some examples of tension and conflict at Beto rallies with Republican protesters and troublemakers, there have also been examples of Beto engaging with these Republicans in a fairly cordial and civil manner. There were enough of these that Team Abbott warned its supporters to avoid wearing GOP-branded attire to Beto rallies, for fear they may get involved in one of these examples of civil discourse and thus used as part of the case for Beto. Anway, while I don’t engage in a lot of profanity on this blog, sometimes one has to do what one has to do.

Also, too:

I mean, I know which of the two I find far more offensive.

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6 Comments

  1. Kibitzer says:

    So calling a person that disagrees with you on an issue a MoFu now counts as admonishment!?

    Sad.

    Beto doing his best (worst) to prove that he is not fit to be governor either.

  2. Joel says:

    Rolo, I am impressed by your concision, this once.

    As a bonus, it makes your lack of any perspective or insight that much more evident. I suppose you think no previous governor has used the phrase? Yikes.

  3. C.L. says:

    Props to Beto. I wouldn’t have stopped at Motherfucker with this heckler clown.

    To all you snowflakes clutching your pearls, remember the expletive word salad that used to come out of the former guys (POTUS) mouth – THAT was more offensive to me.

  4. mollusk says:

    Seriously???? Did you even watch the clip?

    Laughing out loud about it being easier to get the military armament to massacre large groups of people, including grade school kids, than it is to buy a beer is a policy disagreement???? “Motherfucker” doesn’t even begin to express my disgust with the attitudes that bring out that sort of conduct.

  5. Kibitzer says:

    A statesman/chief executive ought to be above to passions of the plebs, whether has be Trump or O’Rourke
    Just another sign of surrender of reason to raw emotion and name calling of the debasest kind.

    Deplorables now at the apex level.

    Sad, and no viable political alternative either.

  6. Joel says:

    You said that already. I take back my comment about your concision.