Beto O'Rourke Is Too Weird
America's false captivation and fascination with Beto O'Rourke was totally fabricated by media when he ran against Ted Cruz for his Senate seat in Texas. The national frenzy, or Beto Fever, was a media manufactured firestorm created in an attempt to unseat one of the most conservative Senators in America—and it failed. The consequence was the creation of a Democrat star to run against Donald Trump next year, but the media and Beto himself may be setting their hopes a bit too high. The truth is, Beto O'Rourke is just too weird to ever win the presidency.
Live Streaming A Dental Exam
Beto O'Rourke's giant teeth found themselves shining on people's Instagram feeds in January, when the strange Congressman decided to live stream his dental exam to millions of Americans. The purpose of the stream was to interview his dental hygienist, who happened to be the daughter of an immigrant. Even late night talk shows took to mocking O'Rourke for his stunt, which did not seem to sit well with Democrats.
Nonetheless, Beto's dental stunt had a political purpose to highlight his open borders policies. If he was looking to gain the media's attention, it worked. However, the weirdness of it all may have undermined the initial intention.
Bizarre Hand Gestures And Movements
Everything about Beto O'Rourke smells of phoniness, but his weird ticks, hand gestures and jerking hand jabs make him look like he is over-acting and trying too hard. His hand gestures, which seem unnatural, were the butt of jokes on late night television and at some of President Trump's press conferences.
“Is he crazy, or is that just the way he acts?” Trump speculated.
Jimmy Fallon imitated Beto in a skit called, “Beto O'Rourke's Hands Announce His 2020 Presidential Campaign”.
Hand gestures are a common thing in politics and business. They often build trust and help audiences embrace a message, but what Beto O'Rourke does looks unnatural and scripted, as though he puts too much conscious emphasis on his gestures. When compared to Donald Trump's hand gestures, which seem impulsive and natural, Beto looks like a bad actor. His hand gestures are similar to the forced and contrived hand gestures of Roger Stone.
According to experts, hand gestures are supposed to look and feel natural to be effective. As the Washington Post noted:
But experts also caution that, in politics, excessive nonverbal expression can sometimes overwhelm the words. Brett O’Donnell, a message and media strategist who has coached Republican candidates for debates, including President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain of Arizona, characterized O’Rourke’s performance as “frenetic” and “trying too hard.”
“It looked like he was doing semaphores and flagging down airplanes,” O’Donnell said. “Good delivery should be natural and not call attention to itself. If it reinforces the message, it’s good delivery.”
Also, what works in one part of the country, like Texas, may not play well in more subdued Iowa.
O’Donnell, who coached Bush not to slump and sigh after his first 2004 presidential debate with John F. Kerry, said O’Rourke’s problem can be fixed. The question, O’Donnell said, is: “Does he want to fix it?”
Beto O'Rourke's hand gestures and jolts do exactly what they are not supposed to: draw attention to themselves. To the average onlooker, his gestures look contrived and weird. When they appear natural, they build trust, but when they appear fake and forced, they do the opposite.
Beto O'Rourke comes across phony, weird and deceitful. To some people, he may come across as unsettling and, possibly, like a sociopath. If he were to refrain from throwing his whole body into his hand gestures, he could make himself look less weird and more trustworthy in time for the Democratic primaries.
Watch Inside Edition tackle Beto's obnoxious and weird hand gestures and jerks here.
Weird, Ridiculous Platitudes
Beto O'Rourke loves himself some platitudes. Platitudes are warm and fuzzy, but meaningless phrases and sentences that create sound waves and waste time. The problem with many of Beto's platitudes is that they sound ridiculous, they sometimes make little sense and they usually always sound contrived and exaggerated. Beto O'Rourke is like a political rapper, constantly engaged in a rap battle with himself.
“We are not a fearful, small people. We are confident and strong, and we understand that much of our strength comes from the fact that we are a people of the planet,” Beto once said.
While standing on an elevated platform during his first small campaign rally, as he usually does, Beto said, “These challenges, I'm absolutely convinced, will bring out the absolute best in every single one of us, and we have something that almost no other country in the world has. We have the single greatest mechanism to call forth the genius of our fellow human beings. This democracy, more than three-hundred and twenty million people strong, can bring the ingenuity, the creativity, the resolve of an entire country.”
It all sounds wonderful, but if you take a look up North at our Canadian neighbors, nice platitudes and empty phrases don't accomplish very much. Canada, under Justin Trudeau, is said to be heading into a recession, with sky-high deficits, corruption scandals and soaring costs of living. Justin Trudeau, the son of a former Canadian Prime Minister, rose to the top of Canada's political ranks using much of the same empty rhetoric as Beto O'Rourke—and look where the country is now.
A Bernie Sanders supporter recently called out Beto for his empty rhetoric and platitudes, asking, “When are we going to get an actual policy from you, instead of, like, platitudes and nice stories?” Please watch that happen here.
Standing On Everything
Beto O'Rourke has no problems inspiring hilarious memes. He'll stand on a counter, he'll stand on a desk, he'll stand on a car—there is not much Beto O'Rourke won't stand on to deliver his meaningless platitudes and jerky hand gestures to an awe-struck audience.
Beto has campaigned on top of a minivan, on counters at coffee shops and he will probably stand on top of the podium in the Democratic debates, as suggested by some more recent memes. Here are some photos of him standing on counter tops across America:
What will Beto stand on next and how long before he falls off of something?
He Thinks He Is Latino
Beto O'Rourke's real name is Robert Francis O'Rourke and he is a fourth generation Irish American. His parents gave him the common Spanish nickname of Beto because his name is Robert. In Spanish, “Beto” is a short form for people whose names end in “-berto”, like Roberto.
Beto O'Rourke is neither a Roberto or a Latino. He was a city councilor in El Paso, which has one of the highest Latino and Hispanic populations in America—but that's about as close as Robert Francis O'Rourke has ever come to being a real Latino.
His nickname may attract some Latino support, but that support will disappear when they realize Beto is of 100% white, Irish ancestry.