Beto O’Rourke, who is considered a longshot Democratic Party presidential candidate in multiple polls, continued to use swear words on the campaign trail and in television media interviews. The mainstream media remained flummoxed and shocked by O’Rourke’s swearing, despite previous promises that he would refrain from swearing.
In a tweet over the weekend, O’Rourke said, “When candidates say, “At least Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell are pretending to be interested,” sh*t, that is not enough. Neither is poll-testing your message. Gun violence is a life or death issue—and we have to represent the bold ideas of people all over the country.”
In an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, when asked about former vice president Joe Biden’s age and whether it is a campaign issue, O’Rourke replied and said, “[W]ho the hell cares, right?”
Also, during the recent Democratic Party presidential primary debate, O’Rourke told the audience, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47, and we’re not going to allow it to be used against your fellow Americans anymore.”
In three days, O’Rourke had publicly cursed on three occasions, with one instance being on national television during a presidential primary debate.
In American society, swearing in public is looked down on and is typically viewed as unprofessional conduct, which also applies to the political arena. O’Rourke spurned these norms and has ramped up his swearing in the past several months.
As previously documented, O’Rourke swore on-air during a CNN “State of the Nation” segment when he said, “We’re averaging about 300 mass shootings a year, no other country comes close — so yes, this is f—ed up.” After the show, he tweeted a link to the show and included the same profanity, the f-word, in his tweet. His tweet said, “Thoughts and prayers have done nothing to stop the epidemic of gun violence. Yes, this is f–ked up; and if we don’t call it out for what it is, we will continue to have this bloodshed in America.” That same day, he tweeted a defense of using profanity because “Profanity is not the f-bomb. What is profane is a 17-month-old baby being shot in the face.”
O’Rourke’s campaign also sold t-shirts that has the vulgar phrase printed on it, saying, “this is f*cked up” six times.