Beto Rallies Maskless Democrats Inside a Cramped Building


SAN ANGELO, TX – Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke made a stop in San Angelo on Tuesday and promised transparency. Unfortunately, that promise was unfulfilled.

As previously reported, on Nov. 16, the day after he announced he was running for Texas Governor, Beto's press team posted the full schedule of Beto first tour across Texas. San Angelo was left off of that list

After the article was posted, Beto's team, with the help of local attorney Guy Choate, set up an event at a venue in the 200 block of N. Chadbourne. The entirety of the local media was invited to the event except for San Angelo LIVE!

We went anyway.

Originally planned to be an outside event in the adjoining parking lot, campaign organizers decided at the last minute to cram all of the fawning Democrats into the small downtown storefront building. Of the 60-70 people who walked inside, maybe 10 were wearing a mask. Beto campaign organizers were efficient to ask everyone for their mobile number and email address. No one was asked about their vaccination status. In fact, so few precautions for Covid-19 were taken that the event could have been confused with a right wing Tea Party confab.

Once inside, the lighting was perfect and the maskless crowd, as crammed in as tight as possible, appeared much larger. This is a typical campaign trick to enhance optics.

Beto gave a speech peppered with typical Democrat talking points about how he plans on winning the governor's race. He led with old news, condemning the Republicans for not accepting the Medicaid expansion during the Obamacare rollout 10 years ago. He claimed the refusal has cost Texas billions in unfunded (by the feds) Medicaid expenses. He praised teachers and claimed they were underpaid. Beto shot at two of the most expensive state expenses, Medicaid and K-12 education, and said if opponent Governor Greg Abbott had spent more money on these items, Republicans could have lowered everyone's property taxes. He didn't recognize the major Republican property tax reform in 2019 that drastically lowered school district property taxes. Then, Beto emphasized on how divided the state is and how voices on both sides need to learn how to come together. 

"I want to make sure that we recognized that it is okay and absolutely necessary in a democracy to have a difference of opinion," said Beto. "To be able to share them respectfully, I hope, and with the dignity owed to this great democracy." San Angelo LIVE! did not get the quote on video because Beto's press team refused to let San Angelo LIVE! record. 

Outside, only a handful of protestors were present. There were three, in fact. Two with a small bullhorn and a woman unaffiliated with the others who promised to honk her car horn when Beto began speaking.

After the completion of the event, San Angelo LIVE!'s Matt Trammell stopped O'Rourke on his way to to a meet and greet to ask a question about gun control. During O'Rourke's failed presidential run, he promised to confiscate assault-style guns. "Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47," O'Rourke promised in Oct. 2019. Many believe this is a violation of the Second Amendment.

Trammell: "Excuse me Mr. O'Rourke, has anything changed with your stance on the Second Amendment?"

O'Rourke: "No. I think that we need to protect the second amendment. I think we need to honor the traditions that we have in Texas in responsible gun ownership. I think we need to be smart on gun policies so we protect the rights of our citizens."

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 This story finally did it for me. I've been a reader of San Angelo Live since it started. But over the past couple of years the coverage of political stories are so unbalanced it's now insulting. Complaining about Beto's maskless rally, plus all the insults thrown at democrats made me feel embarrassed for you. You do realize maybe you had democrats that read your news? Sorry to loose a news source but currently America is so divided I do not want another news source so full of hypocrisy. Find your decency again. 

Consider this place to be a source of amusement and provide valid reason for you to feel much more in touch with reality than a host of other folks.  I have oft said that some of the best people God put on His good green Earth live in the Concho Valley, but that does not mean I think they reason terribly well in these increasingly complicated times. 

Speaking seriously, this place does lean right, and I confess while I once leaned that way I now lean left.  However, I opine that it benefits us all if we take a look at opposing points of view, since nobody has ALL the answers.  We are growing increasingly polarized and that is not healthy for us as a nation.  Parking ourselves in space isolated from those who do not view things the way we do is not healthy and doesn't help fix a damn thing.

I politely suggest you stay here, read, accept what you want and reject what you want, but don't turn yourself off.  Hell, I sometimes watch Fox, even though much of what I see there is pure crap, and people like Tucker infuriate me most of the time.  I guess it's like the old saw about the Devil's knowing the Bible, and when asked about it said, "Hey, I need to know about the other side."

In closing... peace to you, and everybody else here.  May all here have a great Thanksgiving.

Hmmmm, Tue, 11/23/2021 - 19:40

That’s a really nice way of calling people here stupid.

“I have oft said that some of the best people God put on His good green Earth live in the Concho Valley, but that does not mean I think they reason terribly well in these increasingly complicated times.”

But yes I do hope you have a happy thanksgiving also

He is just like the rest! Will say whatever you want to hear and lie straight to your face for a vote! Pathetic! 

Talk about hypocrisy. I believe what Mr. Trammell was alluding to is the claim by Beto that he was all about allowing for a “difference of opinion”, and yet didn’t invite a right leaning news source to the event or allow them to record his remarks. Also Beto talking about the “need to protect the second amendment” all the while claiming he’s coming after our guns ;)


If I were to place odds, I would say that Beto has as much chance of winning as does UT winning the national championship lol.

Would this fair media source criticize a Greg Abbot rally inside with no masks?  Of course not.  Your theory is actually that Covid is not a danger and that vaccines are either harmful or useless.  So why should you care if a group of democrats gather with only a few masks?  Chances are at an Abbott rally, a large percentage of attendees would be unvaccinated.  You mention that there was no proof of vaccination required for the Beto event.  In my left-leaning circle of friends, we all understand that the vaccine is safe and effective. Everyone is vaccinated and it isn’t even a question.  It would have been assumed that if you are a die-hard supporter of Beto that you would be vaccinated.  Vaccination is a debatable question among Republicans, but for democrats it is not debatable.  You just get the vaccine.  I myself attended the rally yesterday.  I’ve had 3 Covid shots including the booster and I wore two masks on top of each other and carried alcohol wipes to disinfect my hands frequently.  I wasn’t the only one doing that.  Likely the people who weren’t wearing masks had been vaccinated and were not at special risk for severe Covid like I am. My attraction to Beto’s candidacy is that he really cares for the people of Texas and he has many practical policies he would implement on our behalf.  No need to mention that Beto was sitting in El Paso manning phone banks to make sure elderly Texans were safe instead of jetting off to Cancun during the freeze in February.  Cruz is not Beto’s opponent this time, but as incumbent governor did Abbot do anything to make sure Texas was prepared for such a disaster?  Don’t tell me no one could have predicted it when climate change has accelerated in these past years?  Oh yeah, I forgot.  You don’t think climate change is real. Still believe that after the freeze we had this winter?  One more thing:  to those hateful hecklers that forced our gathering indoors?  We don’t hate you back.  We would much rather have peaceful discussions.  Yelling never solved anything.

This story is further proof if needed of why San Angelo live isnt a news outlet and shouldnt be invited anywhere. 

Hmm…proves to me that liberals aren’t as tolerant of others as they profess to be. I’m guessing the reason why Beto didn’t want SA Live there because he KNEW he would be asked about his radical views on “gun control”, which all he did was tap dance around the question instead of actually answering it ;)

Not inviting the text book definition of yellow journalism "proves" to you that the totality of liberals aren't as tolerant as professed?  Can you *BE* anymore hyperbolic? (said in Chandler voice)

We all know masks are a farce anyway.  

Any fool who believes in this beto dude doesn't have enough sense to poor piss out of a boot with instructions on the heel(:(:(:

Just one example there are many…like concerned parents being dubbed “domestic terrorists” for simply speaking out during a school board meeting ;)

Or how about conservatives not being allowed to speak at college campuses because their point of view doesn’t fit the “narrative”?

ME Someone, Wed, 11/24/2021 - 17:22

No, that because "conservatives" spread misinformation. They are also violent and threaten those who don't support them and try to take over the government when they lose legal elections.

Or how about how liberals portray those who believe in God as a bunch of lunatics how is that being “tolerant” of others? Like I said LOTS of examples ;)

Hypocrisy, racism, intolerance…not attributable to any certain “group” it’s universal ;)

ME Someone, Wed, 11/24/2021 - 17:23

Maybe universal, but republicans sure are more vocal and open about it.

Goes back to my original point. Liberals like to think of themselves as tolerant of other people’s views. In reality they’re the least tolerant of all ;)

ME Someone, Wed, 11/24/2021 - 18:04

Always projection with republicans.

I will admit that democrats are "intolerant" of republicans lies, misinformation, propaganda, hatred for America, racism, violent nature etc.

And racist as well. To teach children if they happen to be born white then they’re automatically an “oppressor” and if they’re born black they’re automatically one of the “oppressed” is not just racist by definition, but a TOXiC ideology that divides us instead of unites us ;)

ME Someone, Wed, 11/24/2021 - 18:02

Nobody teaches that. That is republican propaganda/misinformation. If you have an example of it post it.

ME Someone, Wed, 11/24/2021 - 18:07

Because they fell for it? You are right.

Virginia is 1 state, I love that is all you have. Trump LOST by the largest margin IN HISTORY, and that was the presidency. 

It’s coming buddy wait and see democrats are going to get their asses handed to them in the midterms.

Be sure and document that so I can rub it in your face when it happens ;)

ME Someone, Wed, 11/24/2021 - 18:49

I'm sure either the house or senate, possibly both, will flip, it usually does. I have said that before. Happened to Obama and trump.

Quote THAT.

But I do like that you admit all you want to do is "oWn ThE LiBs".

ME Someone, Thu, 11/25/2021 - 09:52

Are you attempting to say Democrats are children?

That is hilarious coming from someone belonging to a party to talks in code and "trolls the libs" with "let's go Biden", too afraid to say how you really feel.

Not to mention you people threw temper tantrums when trump LOST and tried to take over the government. 

ME Someone, Wed, 11/24/2021 - 18:10

So you have nothing then? Thought so, I called you out and you failed. I have proven you a liar once again.

You said it best yourself,

"show proof otherwise you’re lying ;)" -BLANC09

"You’re the one making the accusation the burden of proof is on you ;)" -BLANC09

Also, I like how you put "truth" in quotations, self aware much?

That’s because the “truth” is subjective depending on the source ;)

The truth is I have no desire to play the game you want to play. The (decidedly leftist) media long ago sold their soul and abandoned any credibility they once might have had ;)

ME Someone, Wed, 11/24/2021 - 18:48

Yeah, I know you don't have anything to back up what you say and all you do is spread misinformation, you don't have to keep repeating yourself, I know you failed and you lost when called out on your lies.

Hmmmm, Wed, 11/24/2021 - 20:45

You’re the one posting links from biased sources. Stop posting misinformation it’s dangerous, I heard that on tv earlier

ME Someone, Thu, 11/25/2021 - 00:47

You people don't post any proof/evidence at all. 

Besides doesn't matter what the source, if it doesn't fit with what you already believe you will call it "biased" you have even done this with foxnews before.

Either way, give me a list of sources that you guys find "acceptable"




ME Someone, Thu, 11/25/2021 - 00:49

Sure they do, you people respond according to the information in them quite often.

Why don't you post a list of sources you find "acceptable"?

Expecting a link from Vanity Fair anytime affirming everything from CNN is 100 percent unbiased lol

ME Someone, Thu, 11/25/2021 - 00:48

Post a list of sites you find "acceptable"

ME Someone, Thu, 11/25/2021 - 09:44

Nope don't need a link at all, just the names of the websites you find acceptable will do.

Was going to make a reference to “God’s honest truth” earlier, but I know how much that gets your panties all in a wad lol.

Anyway may God’s peace be with you today and every day I realize how difficult this time of year is for you atheists with all that holiday joy going around ;)


ME Someone, Thu, 11/25/2021 - 10:26

It doesn't bother me , just keep you religion to yourself we are fine. Words don't bother me (you people call me plenty of them, I find it hilarious), when you try to make laws based on your religion and attempt to control people with it, then I have a problem.

SO you don't have any websites you find acceptable?

You complain that all of my sources are biased, yet you refuse to give me any that you trust? You have no ground to stand on to complain about my sources if you refuse to provide me any of your own. I don't need links, just the name will suffice.

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