Beto O’Rourke disrupts news conference on shooting

“You are doing nothing"

By ACACIA CORONADO
Associated Press

UVALDE, Texas (AP) – A news conference about the shooting at a Texas elementary school broke into shouting Wednesday as Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke blamed Republican Gov. Greg Abbott for inaction ahead of the latest in a long string of mass shootings in the state.

As the Republican governor was finishing his remarks, O’Rourke approached the stage, pointed to the governor and said, “This is on you.” “You are doing nothing. You are offering us nothing,”

O’Rourke told Abbott, as a police officer held out his arm, as if to stop the candidate from storming the stage.

Some on the stage yelled back at O’Rourke.

Officers escorted him out.

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Governor Abbott responded back to O’Rourke:

“There are family members who are crying as we speak. There are family members whose hearts are broken. There are no words that anybody shouting to come up here and do anything to heal those broken hearts. We all, very Texan, every American has a responsibility where we need to focus not on ourselves and our agendas, we need to focus on the healing and hope that we can provide to those who have suffered unconscionable damage to their lives and loss of life. We need all Texans in this one moment in time put aside their personal agendas and think about of somebody other than ourselves, think about the people who are hurt and help those who have been hurt.”

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