They aren’t buying it.
Beto O’Rourke’s surprise appearance at Gov. Greg Abbott’s press conference was most likely staged.
While the public was surprised by the interruption caused by the Texas gubernatorial candidate during Abbott’s attempt to provide updates on the mass shooting at Robb Elementary school, CBS correspondent Janet Shamlian, who was there said that the appearance was “clearly staged.”
“Well, I did see what happened just before the press conference started. I was in the third row on the aisle, and there were two people across the aisle from me. And a moment before the press conference started, they got up from their seats when Beto walked in, so they were seat holders for him,” Shamlian said. “Then, he sat down. So his presence wasn’t really noticed in the 15 or 20 minutes that people were gathering inside, because he was not in the room. This seems something very clearly from Beto O’Rourke wanting to confront the governor at this moment.”
Host Tony Dokoupil agreed with the claims expressed by Shamlian saying that the interruption was staged.
“To hear you talk about the seat holders for Beto O’Rourke, it definitely indicates that Beto had a plan to get in there and make some sort of a scene. We still don’t know exactly what he said. So, it was staged as you pointed out,” Dokoupil stated.
He also added that the entirety of the press conference could be seen as a “staged” event.
“Of course, a press conference, which is what was going on the stage is also staged, so some political do-si-do here at the state of Texas,” Dokoupil added.
On Tuesday, the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas resulted in the murder of 19 children and two adults. Many House Democrats praised O’Rourke’s appearance, but Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin can be heard in a video calling him a “sick son of a b–ch.”
O’Rourke is a challenger to Gov. Abbott in Texas for this election cycle.