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.