Let’s face it. Ever since Trump was elected into office, the United States has been spiraling out of control. But, after a fairly new contender, Beto O’Rourke, entered the 2020 Presidential race, America may have a chance to recover.
Beto O’Rourke, born Robert Francis O’Rourke, gave up his seat in Texas as a United States Representative to run for the Senate but lost. He had never dreamed of running for President but says that President Trump and his immigration stances have changed his mind.
O’Rourke, a Texas native, kicked off his campaign in El Paso, TX, mere blocks from the Mexican border. He used the occasion to speak about the inhumane detainment of immigrants. “They are our fellow human beings and deserve to be treated like our fellow human beings,” according to CNN. While this may be O’Rourke’s most recent occasion in speaking his mind, this is not his first.
Back in 2018, O’Rourke inserted himself into the NFL players’ protest. According to the Atlantic, the question raised was whether the players who would kneel during the National Anthem were disrespectful, saying it was “frustrating that people seem to be ok with that.” When asked what his thoughts were on the protesting at the NFL games Beto responded: “Nonviolently, peacefully, while the eyes of this country are watching these games, they take a knee to bring our attention and our focus to this problem to ensure that we fix it.”
He added “That is why they are doing it. And I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up or take a knee for your rights, anytime, anywhere, in any place.”
Seeing that O’Rourke was responding during his Senate campaign, O’Rourke could have chosen to conform to this challenging question and responded in a way that was “safe.” But, because O’Rourke is a character of individualism his answer was so authentic that it became the match that not only sparked his Senate campaign, but also ignited the support he needed to take an aim at the Presidential seat.
As I mentioned before, Trump has hurt America’s reputation since he took the highest seat in the land. He put off most Americans with his racist and discriminatory tweets and antics. And whomever runs against him will need to have tough skin and be unafraid to speak their mind. O’Rourke already displays a fearless attitude. So wouldn’t it be a sight to see Trump and O’Rourke battling it out for office?