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Beto O’Rourke Apologizes for Past Writings and Campaign Joke About His Wife

Beto O’Rourke offered some apologies on day two of his campaign yesterday.

The former Texas congressman who ran against Ted Cruz and lost officially announced his 2020 presidential campaign this week, but there’s already been a few controversies he’s had to address.

The first concerns a surprising Reuters report on his past involvement with “the oldest group of computer hackers in U.S. history.”

The in-depth report looks at O’Rourke’s past with the Cult of the Dead Cow and some of the writing he did under his “Psychedelic Warlord” handle, including this:

Another t-file from O’Rourke, written when he was 15, is a short and disturbing piece of fiction. “One day, as I was driving home from work, I noticed two children crossing the street. They were happy, happy to be free from their troubles…. This happiness was mine by right. I had earned it in my dreams.

“As I neared the young ones, I put all my weight on my right foot, keeping the accelerator pedal on the floor until I heard the crashing of the two children on the hood, and then the sharp cry of pain from one of the two. I was so fascinated for a moment, that when after I had stopped my vehicle, I just sat in a daze, sweet visions filling my head.”

O’Rourke addressed it during a taping of the podcast Political Party LIVE! and expressed how “mortified” he was reading it now.

“Whatever my intention was as a teenager doesn’t matter,” he said. “I have to look long and hard at my actions, at the language I have used, and I have to constantly try to do better.”

O’Rourke was asked about his joke on the campaign trail that his wife Amy raises their children “sometimes with my help.”

“Not only will I not say that again,” he said, “but I’ll be more thoughtful going forward in the way that I talk about our marriage, and also the way in which I acknowledge the truth of the criticism that I have enjoyed white privilege.”

You can watch that clip above, via CNN.

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