In a stunning turn of events, Robert “Beto” O’Rourke joined “The View” and explained why he now feels that his privilege opened doors for him that others had not.
In this clip, “Pat Gray Unleashed,” Pat Gray and Keith Malinak discussed, Wednesday, O’Rourke’s appearance on “The View” when the former Texas congressman explained that he regretted launching his campaign on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine:
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“You did a Vanity Fair cover to announce your campaign and said that you were ‘born to be in it,’ you went across the country alone on a road trip after you lost your election, and you said that you ‘sometimes helped raise your kids.’ These are things in my mind that a female candidate wouldn’t be able to get away with. Do you think that you can get away with more because you are a man? And do you have any regrets about launching on the cover of Vanity Fair?” co-host Megan McCain asked.
“You’re right, there are things that I have been privileged to do in my life that others cannot. And I think the more that I travel and listen to people and learn from them the clearer that becomes to me. When women in this country are paid $.80 on the dollar than a man does, when African American women $.61 on the dollar, Latina women $.53, when you have 10 times the wealth in white America than you do in black America, and you have the largest prison population on the face of the planet that is disproportionately comprised of people of color, the systematic foundational discrimination that we have in this country in every aspect of life is something that I have not experienced in my lifetime,” O’Rourke replied.
O’Rourke went on to say that he had advantages that others could not enjoy and that being aware of that and then doing everything in his power to help correct it and working with others to help women and minorities achieve equality is what he wants for focus on.
“I have my work cut out for me to be a better person and to ensure that I am more mindful to the experiences that others have had that are different than the experiences that I’ve had,” O’Rourke said.
Co-host Joy Behar asked O’Rourke if he believed that he made a mistake when he appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair.
“Yeah, it reinforces that perception of privilege and that headline that said that I was ‘born to be in this’ and the article attempting to say that I felt that my calling was in public service — no one is born to be president of the United States of America, least of all me,” O’Rourke replied.
Pat and Keith concurred that O’Rourke got one thing right, no one is born to be president, “least of all him.”
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