BETO: I used to own slaves and this is why you should vote for me….

Beto O’Rourke revealed last night that his family used to own slaves, something he just found out in documents that were given to him:

NBC NEWS – Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke revealed Sunday that his family’s ancestors owned slaves — a fact he said injected new urgency into a slate of policy proposals designed to grapple with slavery’s legacy.

In a post on Medium, O’Rourke wrote that his paternal great-great-great grandfather enslaved two women, Eliza and Rose, in the 1850s. A maternal ancestor may have also owned slaves, he wrote.

Ancestors of O’Rourke’s wife, Amy, also owned slaves, he wrote.

The Guardian first reported O’Rourke’s family history, saying that “abundant” documentation exists on the website Ancestry.com of the couple’s “slave-owning” ancestors and “their support for the Confederacy.”

In the Medium post, O’Rourke said he and his wife recently received documents that listed Eliza and Rose in a property log.

NBC News, who wrote this article, wasn’t the one to figure this out. No, they were only interested in trying to shame McConnell over reparations, by digging into his ancestry to find slave-owning grandparents.



Beto then suggests, in the Medium article itself, that this is why Democrats should vote for him:

I benefit from a system that my ancestors built to favor themselves at the expense of others. That only increases the urgency I feel to help change this country so that it works for those who have been locked-out of — or locked-up in — this system.

As a person, as a candidate for the office of the Presidency, I will do everything I can to deliver on this responsibility.

In addition to making significant changes to education policy (immediately address $23 billion in underfunding for minority-majority public schools), economic policy (ensuring equal pay, deploying capital to minority- and women-owned businesses, $25 billion in government procurement to these same businesses), healthcare (universal healthcare and home health visits to women of color to reverse trend in maternal and infant mortality) and criminal justice (police accountability, ending the drug war, and expunging arrest records for nonviolent drug crimes), I will continue to support reparations, beginning with an important national conversation on slavery and racial injustice.

So there ya go. Beto is trying to exploit his slave-owning ancestors to convince people to vote for him. This is how desperate he is after languishing for weeks at the bottom of the polls.

Will his sudden honesty about this help him rise in the polls? I seriously doubt it. People like ‘flash and bling’ in a Democrat candidate and Beto just doesn’t give off that vibe.

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55 thoughts on “BETO: I used to own slaves and this is why you should vote for me….

  1. So let me get this straight — ancestors owning slaves is a reason too vote FOR a candidate. Something tells me if Trump’s great great grandpa owned slaved that reasoning wouldn’t work very well

  2. So, the Fake Mexican, who repeatedly escaped punishment for serious crimes because of his dad’s political connections is now saying children are morally responsible for the crimes of their parents, grand-parents, and ancestors far beyond.

    Nobody has a clean heritage. We all carry the DNA of victors who literally destroyed the DNA of their victims, regardless of race or origin.

    We don’t punish children for the crimes of the parents.

    Authoritarians do – from Joseph Stalin to Che Guevara to Pol Pot – dictators murder infants, imprison toddlers, and torture kids because their parents were seen as a threat. The Fake Mexican shares their ideology in more ways than I realized.

  3. Beto that is what you got to do,just rip your ancestors apart until you find that Generation that did not have slaves and tell the media ,this is the real Generation of your family,not those other racist Generations.That sounds so nice that you can wipe out for political reason a whole Generation of family members just by admitting that you benefited from a system built by family members [ancestors] to benefit themselves at the expense of others,thus making you want to change this country so it assists those who have been locked out.Don’ forget you will have to do the Obama apology tour to several Counties and they will have to assist you in the reparation efforts.Oh by the way Beto, regarding the Wars where we have lost so many of our bravest and gave their all for this Country,you may have to throw those we loved so much under the Bus when explaining our war efforts.However any one who can throw a whole generation of family under the bus will not have a problem throwing our beloved troops under the bus.

  4. Robert O’Rourke, here’s some free advice. Remind people that for nearly a century your ancestors in the USA were thought of as Chimps and Gorillas. Newspapers and political bills were replete with Caricature cartoons depicting Irish men as monkeys in Bowler hats. Go a step further, attack the University of Notre Dame as another racist institution that continues to have, as their sporting mascot, an Irish leprechaun (a pixie or fairy) in a top hat. That’s what Notre Dame (founded by the French) feel about the Irish, they’re all a bunch of fairies.

  5. Don’t give Beta O’Dork the attention he’s seeking. He’s a total loser personality that would get run over as President.

  6. Robert, you can get a couple of sympathy votes by claiming your Irish ancestors were treated like a lower form of animal.

  7. Could someone let RoBerta know his presidential campaign has been over for a few months now?

  8. Lol. The articles title made me laugh. I can imagine slave owners before the civil war saying the same to all their black slaves after the 3/5 clause.

  9. • Slavery occurred in virtually every observed society in which it was viable, but Arabic world was the unequivocal leader in sheer volume of slaves captured and sold.
    • Slavery thrived in Africa a thousand years before Europeans traded African slaves.
    • There were more Europeans enslaved by North Africans than there were Sub-Saharan Africans enslaved and sent to the Western hemisphere
    • More Sub-Saharan Africans were sold to the Islamic world than to Europe and the Western Hemisphere combined.

    The West did its share of evil, but it was also the only place where a significant movement arose to abolish slavery. If any civilization has a right to claim any moral high ground on this matter it is most certainly the one which almost single handily fought to destroy it. Contrast that with slavery not only existing, but thriving today in the Islamic and African worlds legally.

  10. Buh Bye, Beto. Just drop out and save your breath. You haven’t a snowball’s chance in Hell of winning. Go lick your self-imposed wounds and save us the aggravation.

  11. Robert Francis is about 154 years too late. The law was changed in 1865 by, wait for it….
    REPUBICANS with the help of a handful of Southern states where slavery was legal up to that moment.

  12. So? Unless one owns slaves right now, it’s completely meaningless and just fodder for the sheeple. We can’t change the past, we can only learn from it.

    Of course, if history is rewritten — as many on the left are doing, all bets are off…

  13. Since you’re obviously descended from slave owners, shouldn’t you be cutting a check for all your wealth to be paid as reparations? How about it Beetle? You first!

  14. If someone said to you a few years ago that we would have a wealthy, dirt-eating, clown who panders to the left, imitates and tries to be part of the Hispanic culture, embraces the socialists, and now announces that his family used to own slaves running for president he would have been laughed out of town. It seems that the only thing Francis has left is to announce his proclivity toward ah, soaking ah cork.

  15. The ironic thing is, practically all slaves brought to the United States from 1776-1865 were members of slave-holding cultures in West Africa. The more prominent among them probably had as many slaves as plantation owners in the antebellum South. It was their misfortune was to get enslaved by other Africans and be sold to white traders (who never ventured from their coastal enclaves, by the way). Enslaving your defeated enemies was as common as killing them.

    Slavery is ubiquitous in history. Everybody did it. The idea that one race or culture is responsible for slavery is ridiculous, as is the notion that the descendants of slaves can sue for damages for injustice done to their ancestors centuries ago. Even the living survivors of the genocide campaigns of the 20th century–which claimed untold millions of lives, many more than caused by slavery–don’t have the arrogance to call for monetary damages.

  16. This is all so stupid. Going back and finding out who had ancestors that owned slaves won’t accomplish anything for either side. Slavery wasn’t a white thing or even an American thing. It was practiced all around the world.

    I don’t like the attempt to erase history and/or the claim that our ancestors were evil. It’s the way the culture was at the time. What makes us so great is that we learn and grow….and change.

  17. The American system is the fairest inhumanity to everyone… how is that at the expense of others? Where offers more freedom and upward mobility than the United States? To everyone.

  18. Wow, how elections have changed since a few years back. Think about this, we have a white dude openly confessing something that not too long ago would have been covered up by the campaign. Unless something drastic happens, no democrat is going to win.

  19. When Beta Boy cleans out his bank account and signs over his property to blacks I will believe he is truly sorry for his ancestors sins. Until then his white guilt will continue to plague his presidential run.

  20. Beto’s presidential aspirations are dead in the water. Playing the “white guilt” reparations card will not move the needle in his favor one iota of one percent. On the contrary, doing so will only alienate him further. He’s such a nimrod.

  21. And Beto still doesn’t have a chance. I’m waiting for him to slip back into obscurity just like Wendy Davis.

  22. How about working to end the current slavery of human trafficking? I don’t hear many people running for president even mention the scourge of human trafficking in the country and in the world.

  23. This whole “my family ten generations removed owned slaves so I’m a miserable white opportunistic cretin” is patently ridiculous. Many of the blacks who were caught and sold into slavery initially were also part of a slaving culture. They were sold into slavery by other black tribes (who had been doing it for millennia), Arab slavers (who’s names they love to use for some weird reason) or they were doing so themselves until they were conquered by another black tribe and wound up being enslaved. For millennia the black culture of Africa have been some of the worst slavers in history. They’ve never apologized nor offered reparations to any of the peoples that they enslaved or destroyed. Yet many of their children today and other ignorant people want to hypocritically act all high-minded and self-righteous as if white people were the only if not the worst people who ever enslaved anyone. Not defending slavery. It’s a horrific and nasty practice no matter how it’s presented. But I am saying that the whole blame game needs to stop. Nothing comes of playing a game of retaliation especially when the skirts of the supposedly offended party are probably more dirty than anyone else’s.

  24. If he wants to give money to black people because his ancestors owned slaves – have at it. Mine didn’t and I see no reason why Americans owe black America anything else than any other American.

    No America living today owns slaves.
    No black American living today is a slave.

    End of discussion of reparations IMO.

  25. Beto is so desperate to get back into the news that he’s looking for ways to say he’s sorry for his ancestry.

    What an obvious and abject loser.

  26. I’m sure my great-great-great-great-great grandparents did something wrong somewhere sometime….vote for me for President!

  27. I guess negative attention is better than no attention.
    This poser doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in Hell.

  28. I am old enough to remember a phrase from the 60’s…”America, Love it or Leave it”. I still wish I had one of those bumper stickers.

  29. I haven’t visited this site in awhile since they switched to a new comments section. I’m glad they switched back to disqus. When and why did they switch back?

  30. American Politics 2019: “Vote for me for president, because great-great-great grandfather enslaved two women,”

  31. All of the descendants of the slaves my family owned now play for the NBA and NFL and make mega millions. I think they owe ME money.

  32. Beto is pulling out all the stops – but he’d get more votes if he claimed to be a gay injun.

  33. His crash and burn probably makes Cornyns seat safe even though he should be challenged from the right

  34. Finding out your ancestors were slave owners isn’t like finding out they were Nazis. Slave ownership was not out of cruelty but what was considered standard in those days. It’s how you treated them that mattered.
    As for the beto boy, he’s beyond pathetic and it’s becoming clear that he’s an empty suit who was pushed by the media last year only bc they wanted him to take out Cruz.

  35. We could spend all of our time and resources revisiting and revising the past and trying to make up for it somehow, even when it doesn’t merit it. Doesn’t do anything except to make some bleeding hearts feel better about themselves and to give some Dem politicians money to buy votes.

    Given his guilt and self loathing, maybe Beto just needs some razor blades and a tub full of warm bath water. Gillette blades would be preferable.

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