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Beto O’Rourke’s Response To Heckler Making National News

Beto O’Rourke on Wednesday responded to a Greg Abbott supporter who laughed when the candidate mentioned the Uvalde mass shooting by saying, “It may be funny to you motherfucker, but it’s not funny to me.”

The impromptu f-bomb dropped at the town hall style gathering was captured in a video that has generated millions of views on Twitter, followed by coverage that extended even to national news outlets, The Washington Post, NBC News , USA Today and many others.

The Democratic candidate challenging incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott voiced indignation to the gathered audience regarding laws that allow easy access to AR-style rifles like the one used to massacre 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas.

The gunman had legally purchased his firearm, which was “originally designed for use on the battlefields in Vietnam to penetrate an enemy soldier’s helmet at 500 feet and knock him down dead,” O’Rourke told the assembled group as he dropped to one knee and mimicked a soldier firing a weapon. 

A single heckler laughed audibly.

O’Rourke initially ignored the intrusion and kept speaking, but as the laughing continued, O’Rourke finally stopped, pointed at the heckler and blurted out the now infamous retort. The crowd erupted in cheers. 

​​During his run for president in 2019, O’Rourke called for a mandatory buyback of AR-style rifles, but walked that back earlier this year when he told a crowd he’s “not interested in taking anything from anyone.”

After the event, O’Rourke tweeted: “Nothing more serious to me than getting justice for the families in Uvalde and stopping this from ever happening again.”

Nick Anderson
Nick Anderson
Writer, editor, photographer and editorial cartoonist Nick Anderson has joined the Reform Austin newsroom, where he will employ the artistic skill and political insights that earned a Pulitzer Prize to drive coverage of Texas government. As managing editor, Anderson is responsible for guiding Reform Austin’s efforts to give readers the unfiltered facts they need to hold Texas leaders accountable. Anderson’s original cartoons will be a regular feature on RA News. “Reform Austin readers understand the consequences of electing politicians who use ideological agendas to divide us, when they should be doing the hard work necessary to make our state government work for everyone,” Anderson said. “As a veteran journalist, I’m excited about Reform Austin’s potential to re-focus conversations on the issues that matter to common-sense Texans – like protecting our neighborhoods from increasingly common disasters, healthcare, just to name a few.” Anderson worked for the Houston Chronicle, the largest newspaper in Texas, from 2006 until 2017. In addition to the Pulitzer, Anderson earned the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award. He’s also a two-time winner of Columbia College’s Fischetti Award, and the National Press Foundation’s Berryman Award. Anderson’s cartoons have been published in Newsweek, the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune and other papers. In 2005, Anderson won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning while working for the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky. The judges complimented his “unusual graphic style that produced extraordinarily thoughtful and powerful messages.”


  1. As feigned Gasps come from the Mouths of Evangelicals while they deny their Brown neighbor the right to vote or food for his table. All while they mistreat women and destroy Education because swearing is the monumental grievous sin to them not the fact that they cheat on their spouse regularly because you know —- MEN.


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