Even though Beto O’Rourke lost his Senate battle against Ted Cruz, he has become one of the new stars of the Democratic Party. Democrats embraced him for his brash style and history as a punk rocker, something they thought would make him more attractive to younger voters.
Now, however, O’Rourke has embarrassed himself and his party with comments he made that were perceived as being both sexist and insulting to his wife. And when confronted about those comments, O’Rourke blamed it all on his “white privilege.”
Playing Identity Politics
O’Rourke is trying to cover up his own shortcomings — and there are many — by saying all the right trigger words.
He has used his DUI arrest more than two decades ago to try to gain empathy from voters.
Still, he portrays himself as someone who was a much different man during those years, but has changed now.
What he has not openly touted is the fact that it was more than likely his father’s influence in the political scene that got him out of that hot water not once, but twice.
Now, after making a comment that was perceived as sexist about his wife and her role in the family, he is once again trying to tap into a trigger word by claiming he is not to blame, but rather the white privilege he enjoyed during his life.
The Myth of White Privilege
This will come as a shock to liberals, but there is no such thing as “white privilege.”
What there is, though, is privilege among the rich and powerful.
O’Rourke did not get away with his crimes because he is white; he got away with them because of his father’s influence.
If his father was black or Hispanic and was in the same position, O’Rourke would still have been able to have those charges wiped.
O’Rourke was a punk with a powerful father. Period.
The only thing that has changed about that man from his days with his punk rock band is the stage on which he plays.
Over the last few weeks, he has proven that he is still much the same man as he was back then.
However, now, he is just more capable of covering up his behavior with a slick apology using the trigger words that liberals love to embrace.