Floundering Democratic presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke has tried so hard to come across as the leading Hispanic candidate, even though he’s an Irish guy. And as he desperately tried to relaunch his campaign on “The View” Tuesday, he was trying so hard that he appeared to forget his native language for several seconds.
Informing O’Rourke right up front that he is not the favorite choice of the largely Democratic female discussion panel, co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked the candidate: “This is your relaunch today, maybe?”
“So, I’ve spent about eight weeks on the road, 15 states, more than 150 town halls, meeting people where they are in their communities,” he answered.
And then abruptly broke out into Spanish. Or, rather, Spanglish.
Sounding like a first-semester Spanish class student, he stumbled through a couple of lines before ending in English: “We are showing up everywhere for everyone.”
“Wait, wait, wait, I think he’s trying to impress us, just so you know,” Nicaraguan-born co-host Ana Navarro said mockingly.
Ouch. Watch that moment below:
Pointing out that he lost to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx) and has only served in Congress for three terms, Navarro asked him derisively, “Do you think that’s enough prep work to get you ready to run this country? Are you ready to run this country? What’s your experience?”
O’Rourke replied with an answer that sounded a lot like Hillary Clinton’s “it takes a village” line. It failed to inspire confidence — a problem that has dogged Beto’s presidential campaign since day one.
Then co-host Meghan McCain lit into him and his “born to be in it” line in his presidential campaign announcement in Vanity Fair.
“You went across the country alone on your road trip after you lost your election [to Cruz] and you said, you quote, ‘[you] sometimes helped raise your kids,’” McCain skewered him. “These are things in my mind that a female candidate wouldn’t be able to get away with.”
“Do you think you can get away with more because you’re a man, and do you have any regrets about launching on the cover of Vanity Fair?”
“You’re right,” he replied, looking almost ready to cry, before chastising himself for having so much privilege.
“I have my work cut out for me to be a better person.”
“Would you say those are mistakes, being on the cover of Vanity Fair?” co-host Joy Behar insisted. “It looks elitist?”
“Ya, ya,” he almost blubbered, throwing himself at the mercy of the female discussion panel. “It reinforces that perception of privilege.”
“No one is born to be president of the United States of America, least of all me.”
“What about the part-time dad thing?” Behar insisted, wanting to see O’Rourke beat himself up again in front of the largely female audience.
“You got some flak for that one,” co-host Sunny Hostin gleefully pointed out.
“Absolutely, and I deserved it,” the candidate replied.
Watch that embarrassing segment below:
Asked by McCain about his earlier comment that we don’t even need a border wall, O’Rourke responded by saying, essentially, that we can solve the border crisis by using U.S. taxpayer money to fix the problems of Central America.
Asked by McCain how he can possibly compete with frontrunner Joe Biden, who is way out in front of Beto in the polls, he replied by saying that he’ll basically keep doing exactly what he’s been doing and hope it works out for the best.
Then Behar addressed O’Rourke saying recently that he’d like to have Democratic politician Stacy Abrams as part of his administration.
“She doesn’t want to be vice president, we know that. She’s been here. We like her, she’s lovely and smart,” the co-host said, seeming to imply that Beto is the opposite.
Asked if he’d be open to choosing another woman as his running mate, O’Rourke replied, “If I were fortunate enough to be the [Democratic presidential] nominee, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where I wouldn’t be fortunate enough to also be able to run with one of these extraordinary women in our country.”
And so the pandering continued. And so the attempted relaunch fizzled.