During an approximate 23-minute-long video at a rally, which aired live on his Facebook page on march 21, 2017, Democratic congressman Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke could be heard dropping multiple “f-bombs” during the Dallas rally kicking off his 2018 run for Senate against Ted Cruz.
Most often simply called “Beto” by his supporters, the congressman made a campaign stop in Dallas from his home city of El Paso, where he had officially made the announcement of his earlier on the same day. In that speech, no “f-bombs” were dropped.
He told the Dallas crowd that El Paso was the safest city in America and had been in the top three since 1997. In 2014, El Paso 911 reported that the city received research firm CQ Press’ rating for the safest city in the U.S. rating for the fourth year in a row among cities with populations greater than 500,000.
O’Rourke was quick to point out why Austin was so safe:
“Lest you think that it’s due to walls or drone or aerostat blimps or militarization of the border, we’ve been either the safest or one of the top three safest cities in America since 1997. We are a safe city. And one of the things I’m most proud of when I’m sharing this with my colleagues, who, before they get to know me and they hear me talk about my community, are worried for my safety.
‘Do you have a bodyguard? Do you carry a gun with you? [Is] someone looking out for you in the dangerous west Texas town of El Paso, with all those Mexicans, right up against the Mexican border, ISIS coming across to get us? How do you sleep at night?’
And I tell them, ‘we’re the safest city in America not in spite of our connection to Mexico. Not in spite of the fact that 24 percent of the people, that’s the official count, the unofficial count’s higher,…I represent and that I serve were born in another country, and most of them were born in Mexico.”
He also launched a shot across Sen. Ted Cruz’s bow:
“It was the fall of 2013, you may remember this, there was a senator, from this state, who had successfully shut down the government. And so all those people who wanted to go to their jobs in the state of Texas…government was shut down. ‘We’re just not going to work anymore. We’re proving a point. We’re putting party over country, ideology over results, presidential ambitions over the needs of the people that we should be serving and representing.
I was stuck…in D.C. in this limbo. You were stuck here wondering, ‘What the f**k are these guys doing in Washington, D.C.?'”
O’Rourke ended his speech with a colorful promise to his potential constituents and their families:
“And I will tell you on my side of the bargain, I will work my heart out. I will do everything I can, within my power, I will take this time away from [my children] Ulysses and Molly and Henry, so that I can answer their questions in five and ten years, and you can answer your kids’ questions in five and ten years, and so that we can have the best f**king answer for our kids, going forward.”
His speech was met with cheers and applause from the crowd.