WH Spox Hogan Gidley Corrects Fox News Host on ‘Beto’: ‘You Pronounced it Wrong, It’s Robert Francis’


White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley corrected a Fox News host who called 2020 Democratic hopeful Beto O’Rourke by insisting that the candidate should be referred to as “Robert Francis.”

“Beto O’Rourke is now in the game for the Democratic primary, what does the president think about that?” Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer asked Gidley during an interview this morning.

“First of all, you pronounced it wrong, it’s Robert Francis, that’s number one,” Gidley shot back. “Number two, we don’t care who gets in the race, the fact is the president’s going to win re-election.”

Hemmer later asked if “Robert Francis” will be “how the president will refer to” him going into the primary campaign.

“Well, he has called him that before on the campaign trail,” Gidley replied. “And why wouldn’t he, that’s his name.”

O’Rourke, who officially announced his bid for the presidency yesterday, has been called “Beto” since he was an infant, as he was born in El Paso, Texas near the Mexico border where the Spanish nickname is popular shorthand for Roberto.

His family gave him the nickname in infancy “Beto”, a common Spanish nickname for first names ending in “-berto”, initially to distinguish him from his namesake grandfather.[5][11]

The White House official continued by repeating standard anti-Democrat talking points, like the claim that they are trying to kill “people… outside the womb”:

“The president stands for the American people, he’s done that the entire time, Now Democrats writ large have to answer for their new set of policies which is making American socialist, standing for people — those who are born and killed outside the womb. They want that to be the norm. And they also are standing for a green new deal that would absolutely destroy this economy, ruin people in poverty across the world who rely on fossil fuels and would destroy American lives.”

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