Actor Kendrick Sampson Calls Ted Cruz “Old White Male,” Gets Schooled Online

An actor from a relatively unpopular HBO series appeared at Texas Southern University Monday night to stump for a U.S. Senate candidate where, naturally, he made a fool out of himself.

“Actor Kendrick Sampson, opening for Beto O’Rourke at TSU, encouraging young Af-Am students to turn out: ‘Don’t let these old white people decide our lives for us,'” said NBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald.

Sampson, from the show “Insecure,” made a couple of moronic mistakes.

First of all, Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke is 46 years old. His opponent, incumbent Sen. Rafael “Ted” Cruz (R-Texas) – that “old white man” to which Sampson referred – is 47 years old. For all intents and purposes, the two candidates are the same age.

Secondly, there is only one “white man” in the race, and it is not Cruz. In reality, Cruz is half Cuban, while O’Rourke is Irish-American.

The nickname “Beto” is short for “Roberto,” which isn’t even O’Rourke’s first name. Rather, he uses the nickname as a sly marketing tool. The name allows him to pretend that he is Latino, and the single name gives him a branding advantage, like the names “Cher” or “Madonna.”

In reality, the closest O’Rourke has ever come to Latin American is El Paso, where he grew up. He spent one year in public high school there before shipping out to Woodberry Forest,  one of the most exclusive private boarding schools in America. Just because Beto speaks Spanish, does not mean he’s Latino.

Sampson certainly did not let the facts get in the way of his race-baiting.

Twitter took notice, replying to Seitz-Wald’s Tweet.

“His name is Robert Francis O’Rourke,” said GOP employee Steve Guest.


“The difference is, Robert is not Hispanic. At. All. O’Rourke is a fourth-generation Irish American, the son of Melissa Martha (Williams), a stepdaughter of Fred Korth, Secretary of the Navy under President John F. Kennedy,[4] and El Paso County Judge Pat Francis O’Rourke,” said user Bob Richards.


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