Democrat presidential candidate and noted Irishman Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke donated just over $1,100 of his nearly $400,000 earnings to charity in 2017, and explained that his main act of charity was to give voters the opportunity to see more of “Beto” on the campaign trail.
This number amounts to just over one third of 1 per cent of O’Rourke’s earnings, or 0.34 per cent. For the average American household making roughly $56,000 per year, this would translate to about $192 donated to charity.
The number comes from O’Rourke’s 2017 tax returns.
When asked by an attendee at one of his events about the remarkably low percentage donated to charity, O’Rourke gave a rambling and pompous response, suggesting that his mere presence on the campaign trail is a phenomenal form of charity to the public.
“I’ve served in public office since 2005, I do my best to contribute to my community, my state, and now my country,” said Beto while flailing his arms. “There are ways that I do this that are measurable, and there are ways that are not measurable. There are charities that we donate to that we reported and itemized, others we have donated to that are not.”
The Democrat from Texas, who uses a Spanish abbreviation for “Roberto” as his nickname, continued by saying “I’m doing everything that I can right now, spending this time with you, not with our kiddos, not back home in El Paso, because I want to sacrifice everything to make sure that we meet this moment of truth with everything that we’ve got.”
O'Rourke on low $$ to charities: "There are charities that we donate to that we’ve recorded & itemized—others that we’ve donated to that we have not…I’m doing everything I can right now, spending this time with you, not with our kiddos…to make sure that we meet this moment.." pic.twitter.com/tAkWHxGu1k
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) April 17, 2019
In other words, it is okay that O’Rourke does not donate to charity because sometimes he does and does not itemize it when filing his taxes, and more importantly, he is running for office.
Public service, in O’Rourke’s mind, appears synonymous with charity.
This might make sense if O’Rourke did not take a salary in 2017 and instead donated his Congressional salary to charity, as does President Trump who recently donated his third quarter salary to alcoholism research, but this is also untrue.
In addition to the $174,000 O’Rourke took home while serving in Congress, a 2018 article revealed he has assets valued between $3.5 million and $16 million.
It appears O’Rourke may simply be one of the greedy, lying, white men the Democrats loathe so fiercely.
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