The Daily Show with Trevor Noah questioned the outrage over Beto O’Rourke’s past.
If you announce you’re running for president then it is expected that people will go digging into your past. What shouldn’t be expected is having to apologize for every little thing over which someone takes issue. This was the point Trevor Noah tried to make about Beto O’Rourke on The Daily Show.
O’Rourke’s popularity skyrocketed during his unsuccessful campaign for senator in Texas. But that loss didn’t stop the Democrat from aiming higher and throwing his hat in the ring for president in 2020.
So naturally more and more has come out about O’Rourke’s life prior to the spotlight. His days in a punk band and run ins with law were already well documented. We’ll let Trevor Noah fill you in on what else has been uncovered about Beto’s past.
Let’s quickly recap. Beto O’Rourke has had to apologize for saying he was “born” to run for president, for being in a computer hacking group, for making a joke about his marriage, and for writing violent fiction as a teenager. Already O’Rourke has issued more apologies than the current president.
Trevor Noah took a pretty strong stand about anyone looking to call out 0’Rourke for any of this. Some of the Daily Show host’s argument is similar to what John Oliver said about public shaming on the latest episode of Last Week Tonight.
Noah takes it one step further. He’s not just talking about the people condemning O’Rourke without knowing all the facts. He’s talking about fake “wokeness” used to suggest 0’Rourke was demonstrating white privilege by saying the Texan was “born for this” in regarding to running for president.
Trevor Noah has always been in support of an open and honest dialogue on social issues. But even he knows that things are getting a little out of hand when Beto O’Rourke is getting criticized for using the same figure of speech Noah uses before hitting up a buffet.
You can’t help but notice that O’Rourke is apologizing for aspects of his past that pale in comparison to the shady and scandalous past of his presumed Republican opponent in 2020. If short stories driven by teenage angst is the biggest thing he has to answer for, he should do alright.
By apologizing for these things, is Beto O’Rourke legitimizing them or just being a politician and covering his bases? That is something that Trevor Noah will certainly discuss further the more this story line continues in the 2020 election.