Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke confronted Gov. Greg Abbott (R) at a press conference in Uvalde on Wednesday over the Robb Elementary School shooting that left 21 people, including 19 children, dead.
After Abbott’s initial remarks, O’Rourke approached the stage and told him, “you are doing nothing. You are offering up nothing. You said this was not predictable. This was totally predictable when you choose not to do anything.”
Some of the Republican officials on stage with Abbott condemned O’Rourke. Sen. Ted Cruz told him, “Sit down and don’t play this stunt.” Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick -who infamously suggested that we sacrifice elderly Americans to keep the economy afloat during COVID, told O’Rourke he was “out of line and an embarrassment.”
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin called O’Rourke a “sick son of a bitch that would come to a deal like this to make a political issue.”
“This is on you,” O’Rourke told Abbott. “Until you choose to do something different, this will continue to happen. Somebody needs to stand up for the children of this state or they will continue to be killed just like they were killed in Uvalde yesterday.”
O’Rourke was eventually escorted out of the Uvalde High School auditorium by police.