Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke interrupted the state governor’s press conference on Wednesday, May 25, one day after a mass shooting left 21 people dead in Uvalde, Texas.
Video filmed by the Uvalde Police Department shows O’Rourke approaching the stage where Texas Governor Greg Abbott was holding a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
“Governor, I have to say something,” O’Rourke can be heard stating in the footage. “The time you needed to have stopped this was after Santa Fe High School.”
Abbott and others onstage engaged verbally with O’Rourke, telling him to “sit down” and “leave,” with one calling him a “sick son of a b***h.”
“You’re doing nothing. You’re all doing nothing … this is totally predictable when you choose not to do anything,” O’Rourke said.
“This is on you until you choose to do something different. This will continue to happen,” O’Rourke said as he was ushered away from the stage. “Somebody needs to stand up for the children of the state, or they will continue to be killed just like they were killed in Uvalde yesterday.”
The press conference was streamed live to the governor’s Facebook page for only 35 seconds before the stream ended.
O’Rourke, a Democrat, is running against Abbott, a Republican, in Texas’s gubernatorial election in November.
Nineteen students and two adults were killed on May 24 after an 18-year-old local resident pushed past officers and barricaded himself inside a fourth grade classroom at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, according to officials’ latest updates. Credit: Uvalde Police Department via Storyful
GREG ABBOTT: I will pass the mic to Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.
BETO O'ROURKE: Governor Abbott, I have to say something.
GREG ABBOTT: Excuse me. Excuse me.
BETO O'ROURKE: [INAUDIBLE] about this.
GREG ABBOTT: Excuse me.
- You're out of line.
- Sir, you're out of line. Sir, you are out of line.
Sir, you're out of line. Please leave the--
BETO O'ROURKE: This is on you until you 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 Ubalde yesterday.
- Get out of here. Nobody's going to fight for you, dude.
- Go home!