Beto O’Rourke Blames ‘Elitist Privilege’ for ‘Mistake’ Vanity Fair Cover
O’Rourke apologizes for being white privilege on TV
2020 hopeful Beto O'Rourke has apologized for launching his is a campaign on the cover of Vanity Fair, saying the move reinforced white 'privilege.
Appearing on The View, O'Rourke responded when asked if was 'elitist' to appear on the cover of the magazine:
"Yeah, I think it reinforces that perception of privilege."
"In the article, I was attempting to say that I felt that my calling was in public service."
"No one is born to be president of the United States of America, least of all me."
But O'Rourke said in an interview for the April issue that he was running for president and was 'just born to be in it.'
"I want to be in it. Man, I'm just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment," O'Rourke told the magazine.
Beo, who attempted to unseat Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm elections, faced criticism for the manner he announced his candidacy.
The View co-host Meghan McCain grilled him about the cross-country road trip he took after losing to the incumbent senator.
"You're right, there are things that I have been privileged to do in my life that others cannot, and I think the more that I travel and listen to people and learn from them, the clearer that becomes to me," O'Rourke said.
O'Rourke added that he would be 'fortunate' to run on the same ticket as Stacey Abrams.
"There are a number of women who aren't running, who may run, including Stacey Abrams, who is a real hero to me. The grace with which she met that defeat on an unfair, unlevel playing field for the secretary of state, perhaps rigging in part that election.
Her focus on democracy forum, a new voting rights act, ensuring that every single vote counts in this country, is inspiring stuff at a time that our democracy is so badly broken," O'Rourke said.
"If I were fortunate enough to be the nominee, it's hard to imagine a scenario where I wouldn't be fortunate enough to also be able to run with one of these extraordinary women in our country," he continued.
The Democratic candidate expressed the same notion on the made at a campaign stop in Bedford, New Hampshire.
"It's hard for me to escape the conclusion that if I were lucky enough to be your nominee, that I wouldn't select one of these extraordinary women with whom I'm running right now or other extraordinary woman who's not running right now.," O'Rourke said at the event.
"Stacey Abrams is somebody that comes to mind to me right now."
In March, O'Rourke apologized or being a white male following a backlash from his liberal supporters after he joked about how his wife raises their three children without his full support.
It took Robert "Beto" O'Rourke a full two days to apologize for his gender and skin color after announcing his candidacy, which is perhaps some sort of record.
O'Rourke made his apology during a "Political Party LIVE!" podcast appearance after joking about his wife doing most of the work raising their children.