Failed Texas Senate candidate (and currently underperforming presidential candidate) Beto O’Rourke praised failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams for the “grace” with which she handled her loss to Gov. Brian Kemp in November during an appearance on The View.
“The grace with which she met that defeat on an unfair, unlevel playing field with the Secretary of State perhaps rigging, in part, that election…is inspiring stuff at a time that our democracy is so badly broken,” O’Rourke said Tuesday on The View.
Abrams, since the November loss, has repeatedly maintained that she really won the election, and that the only reason for her supposed loss was Republican voter suppression efforts.
Democrats, both in 2016 and this year, have made much of hypothetical situations in which President Donald Trump might refuse to accept the results of an election if he lost. To this point, however, that appears to be a tactic primarily used by Democrats.
Just this month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned that Democrats needed to prepare for Pres. Trump to refuse to give up power if he is voted out of office in 2020.
As for O’Rourke, he is struggling to gain momentum in the crowded Democratic primary. His entrance to the race was highly anticipated leading up to his announcement, and it was met with some extremely positive media coverage.
As time has gone on, however, O’Rourke’s lack of distinctive policy ideas and a general lack of identity as a candidate has caused him to drop in the polls, far behind Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and even struggling to keep pace with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
O’Rourke, who said in a Vanity Fair profile that he felt he was “born to run” for president, has been beaten into a more humble and apologetic tone by critics and underwhelming fundraising numbers.
“No one is born to be president,” O’Rouke said on The View. “Least of all me.”