Beto O’Rourke, Texas Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, gave a sincerely un-apologetic apology for name-calling his opponent, Ted Cruz. In an appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher, Beto responded with “That’s true” when Maher declared that Ted Cruz is “a giant asshole.” When interviewed about this comment later, he explained that “I think I was just moving the conversation along. Anyhow, I don’t think that Ted Cruz is an asshole.” But when pressed whether he really doesn’t think so, his response was very candid: “I certainly don’t think that publicly.”
Apparently there was enough pushback on his comments that he felt compelled to try to walk them back. Then again, he knows his progressive, hard-left base well enough to realize that he can’t walk them all the way back, so best to compromise with a statement admitting that he does think Cruz is an asshole, he just never should have said so publicly.
To top if off, in this same interview, Beto was apparently very articulate “about the need for people of all political stripes to be respected.” Hey Beto, how about taking your own advice? Your un-apology only encourages your supporters to show the same lack of respect that you did. Beto seems to be trying to run as not your run-of-the-mill politician, but here he came across as exactly the same as the rest of the swamp.