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WATCH: Beto O'Rourke Apologizes For ‘Privileged’ And ‘Elitist’ Campaign Launch

"I think it reinforces that perception of privilege..."

Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) speaks at his first California campaign rally, held at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, on April 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden is not the only 2020 candidate currently on an apology tour. Now, supposedly in an attempt to "reintroduce" his failing campaign, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) went on "The View" Tuesday to apologize for his "privileged" campaign launch by posing for that ridiculous Vanity Fair cover that said he was "born to be in it."

 

"You did a Vanity Fair cover to announce your campaign and you said you were, quote, 'born to be in it,'" conservative co-host Meghan McCain pressed O'Rourke, according to The Daily Beast. "You went across the country alone on a road trip after you lost your election and you said you, quote, sometimes help raise your kids."

"These are things in my mind that a female candidate wouldn’t be able to get away with," McCain added. "Do you think you can get away with more because you’re a man, and do you have any regrets about launching on the cover of Vanity Fair?"

Proving that he has no shot whatsoever at winning in 2020, O'Rourke conceded to all of Meghan McCain's points, saying the cover showed he had "advantages that others could not enjoy." He then promised to "be a better person" and be "more mindful to the experiences that others have had."

"Are those mistakes?" co-host Joy Behar asked. "Would you say those are mistakes, being on the cover of Vanity Fair? It looks elitist?"

O'Rourke agreed that the cover made him look elitist and gave off the "perception of privilege."

 

"I think it reinforces that perception of privilege and that headline that said I was born to be in this, in the article I was attempting to say that I felt that my calling was in public service," O’Rourke told Behar. "No one is born to be President of the United States of America, least of all me."

In the same Vanity Fair article, O'Rourke quipped about him being a dad by "sometimes" helping his wife with the kids. He now says that was a mistake, according to Fox News.

"In a real ham-handed way, I was trying to acknowledge that she has a lion's share of responsibility during this campaign," he said.

 

On Monday night, Beto O'Rourke appeared on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow where he admitted that he has failed to deliver his message to a national audience. "I recognize I can do a better job also of talking to a national audience," O'Rourke said. "I hope that I’m continuing to do better over time, but we’ve been extraordinarily fortunate with the campaign that we’ve run so far."

As noted by The Daily Wire's Emily Zanotti, much of O'Rourke's current campaign woes stem from the fact that his star power has dwindled in the face of other media darlings like Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

"He was considered a breath of fresh air in Texas when he ran against Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), but on the national stage, he was quickly eclipsed by rising star, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, whose resume and platform are far more polished than O'Rourke's, even if Buttigieg is less experienced," noted Zanotti.

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