Beto O’Rourke officially launched his 2020 presidential bid via a video posted on his Twitter page. The El Paso man who failed to beat Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) last year is now going head-to-head with fellow Democrats in a crowded presidential field with hopes of one day facing President Trump on the debate stage.
President Trump spoke about O’Rourke during a press conference with reporters in the Oval Office Thursday morning. He was responding to a reporter’s question about what he thought of O’Rourke’s announcement.
“Well, I think he’s got a lot of hand movement. I’ve never seen so much hand movement,” he said, leading several people off-camera to laugh.
“I said, ‘Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts?’” the president continued.
“I watched him a little this morning doing what I assume was some news conference, and I’ve actually never seen anything quite like it,” he said. “Study it. I’m sure you’ll agree.”
In O’Rourke’s announcement video, he made somewhere in the neighborhood of 175 separate, dramatic hand gestures in three minutes and twenty-nine seconds as his wife hung onto his left arm.
In an appearance in Iowa, shortly after his official announcement, O’Rourke made over 125 separate, dramatic hand gestures in just two minutes in thirty-three seconds. His hand motions were so emphatic at times that he appeared to come close to smacking a nearby, disinterested-looking guy in the head several times.
Claiming to be running a “positive” campaign, O’Rourke painted a doom-and-gloom picture of America at the verge of economic collapse, a government in the brink of totalitarianism, and human civilization a few years away from being destroyed by climate change.
As for specific ideas and policies, he was a bit vaguer in both videos. Amidst all the buzzwords and liberal catchphrases, he seemed to be advocating for universal healthcare, open borders, no more climate change, and no more effects of slavery.
O’Rourke also claimed that we only have a ten-year window to “do everything we possibly humanly can” to stop climate change, yet didn’t address how much taxpayer money would be pulled away from tackling climate change by the extreme expense of universal healthcare. Doing everything humanly possible would mean canceling any social programs and cutting all government programs that don’t specifically address climate change.
Asked who he considers to be the bigger threat to his hopes for a second term, “Beto O’Rourke or Joe Biden,” Trump responded, “I just say that whoever it is, I’ll take them on. Him or her.”