Uvalde Mayor Says He Has 'No Respect' for Beto O'Rourke Who Interrupted Governor's Press Conference

City of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin told reporters he had “no respect” for Beto O’Rourke’s interruption of the state governor’s press conference in Texas on May 25.

Julio Rosas filmed a video after a vigil for the deadly mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, that shows McLaughlin’s response to O’Rourke’s outburst.

“This community is broken right now and for a person to come in there to start that crap, I have no respect for that,” McLaughlin says to reporters. “And haters that hate, send me emails and texts. The hell with you too.”

“I don’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican or Independent, we are American people and we are trying to come together as a community. To do what (O’Rourke) did today at the press conference is wrong,” McLaughlin says.

In a video that is licensed with Storyful, O’Rourke approaches and confronts Texas Gov Greg Abbott at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. McLaughlin quickly stands up after O’Rourke’s action and says to O’Rourke: “I can’t believe that you’re a sick son of a b***h that would come to a deal like this to make a political issue.”

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: Julio Rosas/Townhall Media via Storyful

Video transcript

DON MCLAUGHLIN: OK, this is my stand on that. They want to have that discussion, that's fine. But that event today was not the place or the time to come in there and attack the governor or anybody else there. If he wants to have that discussion, have it outside somewhere or something. But not in that building, where we're trying to give the people there--

This community is broken right now. When no community should have to go through what we've gone through in this community. And for a person to come in there and start that crap? I have no respect for Beto. And the haters that hate, that send me the emails and the texts, to hell with you too. I'm just telling you.

I don't care if you're a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent. We're American people. We're trying to come together as a community. And to do what you did today at that press conference was wrong. I'm sorry, but it was wrong.

OK, this is my stand on that. They want to have that discussion, that's fine. But that event today was not the place or the time to come in there and attack the governor or anybody else there. If he wants to have that discussion, have it outside somewhere or something. But not in that building, where we're trying to give the people there--

This community is broken right now. When no community should have to go through what we've gone through in this community. And for a person to come in there and start that crap? I have no respect for Beto. And the haters that hate, that send me the emails and the texts, to hell with you too. I'm just telling you.

I don't care if you're a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent. We're American people. We're trying to come together as a community. And to do what you did today at that press conference was wrong. I'm sorry, but it was wrong.

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