Dan Abrams Blasts Beto O’Rourke For Lying About 2020 Run: ‘The Truth Matters!’
Remember when Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) told 60 Minutes correspondent Jon Wertheim he would not run for president in 2020, “no matter what?” Well, Democrats certainly don’t.
“In fact,” O’Rourke said just in November, he is “completely ruling that out, not going to do that.”
“No matter what? Win or lose you’re not going to run in 2020?” asked Wertheim, to which O’Rourke responded: “Win or lose, I’m not — I’m not running in — in 2020. I got to tell you, it’s — it’s incredibly flattering that anyone would ask me the question or that that’s even up for discussion. But, but since people have asked, the answer’s no.”
That was during his campaign against incumbent Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) not long ago in 2018, which he lost to Cruz. And now he’s suddenly back in campaign mode? But Democrats don’t seem surprised. In fact, they aren’t even acknowledging at all that he lied to the American public, like they have very diligently been doing with President Donald Trump‘s lies.
Why is that?
Many suspected O’Rourke’s bid against Cruz was not just a senatorial campaign for him, but a pre-presidential campaign. O’Rourke expected he would lose against Cruz while still positioning him to run for president in 2020, they said. And this wasn’t a retrospective speculation; people were saying this during his senatorial campaign. The signs were already there.
Knowing now that he is running for the 2020 presidency, it makes sense that O’Rourke campaigned the way he did in a state like Texas — setting him apart from his very conservative opponent, garnering exceptional media attention, while keeping his out-of-state to in-state favorability exceptionally high.
On his Sirius XM show earlier today, Mediaite founder and ABC chief legal analyst Dan Abrams pointed this out while stating that those who call out President Trump for lies should care about lying across the board.
“The constant lying bothers me,” Abrams said of Trump, before asking those on the left: “Does the fact that Beto O’Rourke lied about his desire to run for president bother you?”
Abrams went on to read O’Rourke’s flat out denial that he wanted to run in 2020, before exclaiming: “The truth matters!”
“I’m not saying it’s apples to apples,” said Abrams, “but this matters to me. It matters that he had to know that it wasn’t true, and yet, he said it anyway.”
Abrams added the fact that O’Rourke lied about it more than once made it worse.
“It wasn’t one time. It was multiple times during his senate campaign,” he said. “And if you say to me, ‘Well, you have to say that, you have to deny,’ I’m sorry, that’s not a good answer.”
Listen above, via Sirius XM’s P.O.T.U.S. Channel.
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