Democratic gubernatorial nominee Beto O’Rourke is on a roll, drawing massive crowds to his campaign rallies, even in deep-red areas of Texas such as Fredericksburg, where he met this week with supporters at Lady Bird Johnson Park.

At one point, O’Rourke was asked a question about voting rights by a member of the audience, according to Joey Palacios of Texas Public Radio:

Several supporters of Gov. Greg Abbott and Trump gathered outside a pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Park and played sirens and loud country music with the apparent intent to disrupt the rally.

After approaching the opened side doors of the venue, O’Rourke briefly turned his attention to them.

Looking at the Abbott fans, O’Rourke remarked:

“Lest we be annoyed or judge these Abbott people, let’s have a little bit of sympathy. Their candidate never shows up to talk to them and listen to what they have to say in Fredericksburg so they had to come to our stuff.”

O’Rourke then waved at the Abbott supporters as the crowd began to applaud loudly.

This isn’t the first time Beto has made national headlines with his reaction to hecklers in the crowd.

A week ago, as he talked about the mass shooting tragedy that took place at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, someone in the audience laughed, which led O’Rourke to angrily respond:

“It may be funny to you, motherf*cker, but it’s not funny to me, ok?”


A recent poll shows Abbott with a 7-point lead over O’Rourke.

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