A video of Democratic heartthrob and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke berating a Catholic priest in personal terms during an El Paso City Council meeting in 2011 has surfaced.
O’Rourke was speaking to Father Michael Rodriguez, who was testifying at a meeting of the city council in opposition to a plan by the city to extend marriage benefits to city employees who were in same-sex relationships. At the time O’Rourke was a city councilor.
O’Rourke brought up the “moral failings” of the Catholic Church, in the context of Father Rodriguez’s opposition to the city’s recognition of homosexual marriage. He then spoke to the Texas cleric in strikingly personal terms, stating that he “luckily didn’t need your approval to move forward,” even though Father Rodriguez hadn’t interrupted him. Beto also claimed that Rodriguez was trying to “take the moral high ground” in the debate.
Father Rodriguez addressed O’Rourke arguments against his testimony in charitable terms, explaining that many individuals within the Catholic Church failed to live up to church teachings in engaging in sexual abuse, pedophilia and institutional corruption.
Father Rodriguez has been a well-known figure in the traditional Catholic community in Texas.
Watch the video of the heated interaction here, courtesy of the account JMJHFPRODUCTIONS (Beto starts speaking at 6:00):
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POLL: 15% of Sanders Supporters Plan to Vote For Donald Trump in November
They prefer Trump to an establishment Democrat.
New polling from ABC suggests that Donald Trump is primed to win over a significant share of Bernie Sanders primary voters in the November general election, suggesting that some of Bernie’s Bros don’t intend to bend the knee to likely establishment Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
The poll reveals that 15% of self-identifying Bernie Sanders supporters already plan on voting for Trump in November. President Trump ultimately ended up winning the votes of 12% of 2016 Sanders supporters, suggesting he’s increased his appeal to the democratic socialist’s supporters.
Some centrist Democrats have expressed their personal distaste of Sanders(and some Gabbard) supporters on account of their perceived unwillingness to vote for the Democratic nominee, forgetting that it’s the obligation of American political candidates to win the votes of citizens who chose to support their opponents in primaries.
While Trump and Sanders are on opposite ends of the American political spectrum, they could be compared in a sense that they’re both considered political populists. Trump’s policy positions on trade, some foreign policy, and American manufacturing are closer to the Sanders’ views than Joe Biden’s reheated neoliberal political program.
Perhaps even more significantly, the poll shows that Biden gauges the lowest ever recorded “enthusiasm level” for a Democratic Presidential nominee. A paltry 24% of likely Biden voters describe themselves as “very enthusiastic” to vote for him in November.
With a voter base that seems lethargic in an unprecedented fashion, it’s possible that Joe Biden could go down as the most “low energy” major Presidential candidate in recent American political history.
The poll’s general election survey reveals a tight contest between Biden and Trump, with the former Vice President leading within the margin of error by 49% to 47%. Trump’s polling has improved significantly in recent weeks in ABC’s surveys, in part because of high public approval of the federal response to the Chinese coronavirus epidemic.
Biden seems to have largely disappeared from the national conversation in the wake of the historical epidemic, only sparsely appearing on public broadcasts in bizarre gaffe-filled livestreams from a converted recreation room in his Delaware home.
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