Former US Representative, failed presidential candidate, and Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke created a commotion during Wednesday’s press conference which provided updated information on the massacre at Robb elementary school in Uvalde, Texas that took place on Tuesday.
O’Rourke confronted Tex. Gov. Greg Abbott as he was finishing up his update, creating an uproar and asking when the next school shooting will occur and what Abbott plans to do to stop it.
The incident took place as Abbott was handing the microphone to Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick, where O’Rourke began shouting at the table.
O’Rourke was repeatedly told to sit down and was told he was “out of time” by those at the table.
O’Rourke continued to shout and ask what the state was doing to prevent school shootings, to which Abbott said that the time to “stop the next shooting is right now, and you’re doing nothing.”
“I can’t believe you’re a sick son of a b*tch who would come to a deal like this to make a political issue,” one person said as O’Rourke was escorted out of the building by police.
“It’s on a**holes like you, why don’t you get out of here,” a man was heard saying.
Abbott then continued speaking for a moment to address Texans, and remind them that there are families in mourning that need support rather than politicization.
“There are family members who are crying as we speak. There are family members whose hearts are broken. There’s no words that anybody shouting can come up here and do anything to heal those broken hearts. We all — every Texan, every American, has a responsibility where we need to focus not on ourselves and our agendas,” Abbott said.
“We need to focus on the healing and hope that we can provide to those who have suffered unconscionable damage to their lives and loss of life. We need all Texans to in this one moment in time, put aside personal agendas, think of somebody other than ourselves. Think about the people who are hurt and help those who have been hurt,” he continued.
The press conference was providing updates to the horrific shooting committed by 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, who entered the school after shooting his grandmother. Ramos killed 19 children and 2 adults, and was killed on the scene by an off-duty Border Patrol agent.