The AP did not explain why the “native Spanish” line was scrubbed. It’s likely, however, all the flaming they received on social media for falling for the myth that the Irish/Welsh Robert Francis is Hispanic probably embarrassed them. Or maybe someone made them read this Daily Beast article, “Beto Tries to Trick Hispanics Into Thinking He’s One of Them.”
But they are clearly in love with the guy, and remember: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
Or something. But at least we’re getting a sense of just how dumb the Democratic primary season is really going to be.
Via Daily Caller.
The Associated Press appeared to stealth edit an article Sunday about a rally for Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke.
The former Texas Congressman, who recently lost a bid to unseat Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, held a rally Saturday in his home town of El Paso, and according to the AP’s original story, he “spoke at length in his native Spanish.”….
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) March 31, 2019
The altered paragraph now reads:
We have learned not to fear our differences, but to respect and embrace them,’ he told a crowd that waved small American flags and black-and-white signs reading ‘Viva Beto’ while often interrupting their candidate to chant his first name. O’Rourke also spoke at length in Spanish, eliciting loud and sustained cheers….
And, of course, Twitter had a few things to say about this:
Wow, so the clueless dude speaks Spanish. Wow, now I can connect with him and see eye to eye with regurgitated Obama talking points. The guy is now a genius thanks to little flags and a “Beto” chant. No thanks, I prefer “USA” chants and giant flags
— jamesjpartridge (@jamesjpartridge) April 1, 2019
I thought he was Irish! Robert Patrick O'Rourke. Does he speak Gaelic? At all? Even a syllable?
— Ron Winter (@RonWinter) April 1, 2019
You know, the O’Rourkes ? From Texas ? Father, Pat O’Rourke ? Mother, Melissa Williams O’Rourke ? 4th generation Irish-American ? Why would you doubt Spanish is his native tongue ?
— MorrisOcean1 (@morris_ocean1) April 1, 2019
Wait, didn't you see Sean Connery in Highlander?
— Mike Davis (@Minizorg) April 1, 2019