Beto O’Rourke crashes Abbott press conference on Uvalde school shooting

UVALDE, Texas (KXAN) — Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke crashed Gov. Greg Abbott’s news conference on Wednesday as the governor provided an update on the shooting at a Uvalde elementary school that left at least March 21 on Tuesday people were killed.

O’Rourke walked onstage after Abbott’s opening remarks and was able to say, “They’re not doing anything.”

Senator Ted Cruz responded to O’Rourke’s portrayal, calling O’Rourke an “embarrassment”. Several other Texan leaders stood around Abbott on the stage, including Texan Lt. gov. Dan Patrick and Texas native speaker Dade Pehlan.

O’Rourke was heard saying the shooting was “perfectly predictable.”

O’Rourke was escorted out of the venue by police. Outside, he spoke to reporters.

“There are no words anyone can scream to come here and do anything to mend these broken hearts,” Abbott said after the exchange.

At least 19 students and two adults died in the shooting at Robb Primary School in Uvalde. Officials have not yet officially released the victims’ names, but families are coming forward to identify their loved ones.

“We owe these parents actions. I’ve spoken to the parents in El Paso, I’ve spoken to the parents at Santa Fe High School, I’ve spoken to the parents in Midland Odessa. They want us to do something now. I want us to do something now. We can do something immediately. But if we continue to accept that, it’s not just the governor’s fault — it’s ours,” O’Rourke said.

The shooting happened just two days before the last day of the school year, according to the Uvalde CISD calendar.

“Put aside personal plans for just this one moment…think of someone other than ourselves. Think of the people who are hurting,” Abbott said, voice raised.

“We will have plenty of time to discuss and analyze what happened yesterday and do everything in our power to hopefully prevent it from happening again. Now is the time for people in this country, in this state, around the world to focus on families,” Patrick said.

O’Rourke is running against Abbott for governor in November. Beto O’Rourke crashes Abbott press conference on Uvalde school shooting

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