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The GOP Just Tweeted Such an Awful Tweet About Beto O’Rourke That Even Republicans Are Angry

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and to celebrate, the official GOP Twitter account started a huge backlash and engendered sympathy for a Democrat candidate for 2020 who was otherwise not having the best week: Beto O’Rourke.

The amazingly ill-advised tweet, complete with mugshot given photoshop treatment, went out just after noon, and the last two hours have been almost exclusively negative reactions from prominent accounts on both the left and the right.

It also harkens back to a time when everyone thought Irish people were simply drunks.

Here’s the awful tweet:

O’Rourke has been open about his DWI arrest more than 20 years ago. The charge was dismissed after O’Rourke completed a diversion program.

Three years earlier, he spent a night in El Paso County Jail for jumping a fence at the University of Texas. He was released on bail the next day.

“Both incidents were due to poor judgement and I have no excuse for my behavior then,” O’Rourke told reporters in August 2017. “I’m grateful for the second chance and believe that we all deserve second chances.”

“Beto” is a common Spanish nickname for people named Roberto. O’Rourke’s critics have accused the former El Past congressman of using a “Mexican nickname” to make himself more appealing to Hispanic voters. Donald Trump has often referred to the candidate by his given name rather than “Beto.”

And here are the replies about the GOP’s horrible tweet, starting with one that is a good summary of the general reaction.

UPDATE:

O’Rourke has responded:

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