Last Updated on November 1, 2019
Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke has dropped out of the presidential race after months of poor poll numbers and several controversies.
In a lengthy post to the citizen-blog website Medium, O’Rourke explained his decision to end his campaign, saying his campaign “does not have the means” to secure the presidency.
Though it is difficult to accept, it is clear to me now that this campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully. My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee. Acknowledging this now is in the best interests of those in the campaign; it is in the best interests of this party as we seek to unify around a nominee; and it is in the best interests of the country.
O’Rourke essentially claims that his goal in running for president was to move the political dialogue of the United States further to the left, and feels he has accomplished that goal.
Some of his policies included a mandatory gun buy back scheme that would have seen criminal punishments for those who refused to comply, despite the fact that while running against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in 2018, O’Rourke was pro-gun ownership.
Last month, National File reporter Patrick Howley broke the story of O’Rourke’s yearbook referring to him exclusively as Robert Francis O’Rourke, excluding his nickname even when his name was listed as part of sports teams.
National File reporter Patrick Howley obtained a copy of Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke’s prep school yearbook and discovered no mention of the name “Beto.”
Robert Francis O’Rourke was identified by his given name, not by his invented Latino-sounding nickname, in his yearbook at the expensive Woodberry Forrest prep school in Virginia.
O’Rourke’s yearbook poem identifying himself as “the angry son” is characteristic of his other youthful writings, including an extended murder fantasy in which he inhabited the character of a serial killer.
The next Democrat presidential debate is set to occur November 20.