Former Texas congressman and failed Senate candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke made it official on Thursday — he will be seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 to challenge President Donald Trump for the White House.
The announcement came via a brief video posted to social media that featured O’Rourke excitedly proclaiming his candidacy while his wife sat beside him on the couch, and while the news may have elicited cheers from O’Rourke’s core of supporters, it drew groans and mockery from just about everyone else.
I am running to serve you as the next president. The challenges we face are the greatest in living memory. No one person can meet them on their own. Only this country can do that, and only if we build a movement that includes all of us. Say you’re in: https://t.co/EKLdkVET2u pic.twitter.com/lainXyvG2n
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 14, 2019
The Daily Wire reported that one of those who mocked O’Rourke’s announcement in hilariously brutal fashion was late-night comedian and “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, who went over the top in playing up O’Rourke’s excessive use of his hands while speaking and exceedingly optimistic tone when speaking about, well, everything, no matter the significance.
“Hi, I’m Beto O’Rourke and I’m excited. That’s it. I’m just excited,” said Fallon as O’Rourke. “Oh yeah, I’m also running for president of the United States.”
“I love the United States, and I love running,” he continued, flailing his arms in a running motion with his “wife” on the couch next to him holding on for dear life. “In fact, I literally just ran eight miles to get here.”
“Folks often say to me, ‘we don’t know much about you, Beto. We know you ran against Ted Cruz in Texas; we know you’re hot’ — and then usually the ‘hot’ thing comes up again,” he said.
In reference to the common question “who’s the real Beto O’Rourke,” Fallon joked that he was the personification of a “compassionate head nod.”
“Because the truth is, I care. I care so much!” Fallon said. “When I eat salads, I thank every individual leaf for its sacrifice. When I donate blood, I don’t let them stop until the last possible second.”
He said “heck yeah” he could beat Trump in 2020, and added, “I was born to do this,” a clear reference to O’Rourke’s recent flattering Vanity Fair interview.
Frantically waving his arms — while almost knocking his “wife” off the couch — Fallon said, “God, I feel so passionate right now! I love America! I love democracy! I love air!”
After sucking in a couple of massive breaths, Fallon said, “Now do I have the perfect record? No, sure, I’ve done my fair share of whippets in 7-Eleven parking lots, but hey, that crap just makes me relatable … Wait, did I just curse? You bet your crap I did! Beto’s still got a little bad boy in him. Now let’s talk about some motherf—ing policy!”
“First, I support the Green New Deal. I also support the words green, new and deal, individually. I’m completely inspired by them. God, they’re so great!” he said. “Next, I agree with a woman’s right to choose, in all aspects of life. In fact, I make all my personal decisions via Instagram polls, and I only allow women to vote on them.”
Fallon concluded the fake campaign announcement by abruptly stating, “So look, are there more experienced candidates out there with clearer policy ideas? Sure.”
This is great for a laugh for much of America, but it probably didn’t garner too many chuckles from O’Rourke and his nascent campaign, as you know things aren’t going particularly well when the late-night hosts are so brutally bashing your efforts in such hilarious fashion.
This guy couldn’t win a Senate seat in Texas, but he’s somehow supposed to win the entire country?
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