Beto O’Rourke interrupts Greg Abbott’s press conference at Uvalde: ‘You do nothing’

Texas Democratic Candidate Beto O’Rourke Texas Governor Greg Abbott interrupted during a news conference in Ovaldi after heavy gunfire As a result, 19 children and two adults were killed.

Abbott said he would pass the microphone on to Governor Dan Patrick when O’Rourke stood. You don’t do anything,” O’Rourke said, adding that the shooting was “totally expected” because gun laws haven’t been strengthened after other shootings in the state.

Patrick told O’Rourke to “Sit…you’re out of line in an embarrassing confrontation” and called O’Rourke to leave the hall.

“I can’t believe you’re the sick son of a **** father to come to a place like this to make a political case,” Patrick yelled at O’Rourke.

Law enforcement officers appeared to escort O’Rourke outside the press conference afterward. CBS News correspondent Janet Shamlian said it appeared some people had made seats for O’Rourke.

After taking O’Rourke abroad, Abbott did not address the incident directly but called for unity, saying that “every Texan, every American has a responsibility where we need to focus not on ourselves and our agendas, but we need to focus on healing and hopefully we can provide those who They suffered unreasonable damage to their lives and loss of life.”

“We need all Texans at this moment in time to make personal decisions, to think about someone other than us, to think about someone who has been hurt and to help someone who has been hurt,” he continued.

“These kids died because the governor of Texas, the most powerful man in the state, chose to do nothing,” he told reporters after O’Rourke left.

“After every one of those, he’s giving a press conference just like this—and I wish when he came to El Paso that someone would stand up and hold him accountable and strike the conscience of this country by doing so, because if we don’t do something, we’ll keep seeing this,” O’Rourke said. Year after year, school after school, child after child. This is on all of us, each of us is doing something.”

During his failed presidential campaign in 2019, O’Rourke was an outspoken advocate of gun control measures. Former Congressman, O’Rourke as El Paso, where a A gunman shot and killed 23 people.

then shoot, O’Rourke said memorably During a presidential debate, “Hell yeah, we take your guns” about AR-15s. Abbott and other law enforcement officials said Wednesday that the Ovaldi shooter used AR-15.

Prior to County O’Rourke, Abbott advocated solutions to Ovaldi’s mental health crisis, although he also said the shooter had no known history of mental illness. Abbott said local officials told him that “we have a problem with mental health and disease in this community.”