Beto O’Rourke blocks Abbott’s press conference on Uvalde school shooting

UVALDE, Texas (KXAN) – Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke crashed Governor Greg Abbott’s press conference on Wednesday as the governor provided an update on the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde which killed at least 21 people on Tuesday.

O’Rourke walked to the stage after Abbott’s opening statement and could be heard saying “you’re not doing anything”.

Senator Ted Cruz responded to O’Rourke’s posting, calling O’Rourke an “embarrassment.” Several other Texas leaders stood on the stage surrounding Abbott, including Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Texas President Dade Pehlan.

O’Rourke could be heard saying the shooting was “totally predictable”. He was escorted off the scene by the police. Outside, he spoke to reporters.

“There are no words to say that someone who is screaming can come here and do anything to heal these broken hearts,” Abbott said after the exchange.

The shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde left at least 19 students and two adults dead. Authorities have yet to officially release the names of the victims, but families are coming forward to identify their loved ones.

“We owe the actions of these parents. I spoke to parents in El Paso, I spoke to parents in Santa Fe High School, I spoke to parents in Midland Odessa. They want us to do something now. I want us to do something now. We can do something now. But if we continue to accept this, it’s not just the governor’s fault — it’s on us,” O’Rourke said.

The shooting took place just two days before the last day of the school year, according to the calendar of the CISD of Uvalde.

“At this precise moment, put aside your personal agendas… think of someone other than ourselves. Think of the people who are hurt,” Abbott said in a high voice.

“We will have plenty of time to discuss and analyze what happened yesterday and do everything in our power to hopefully prevent it from happening again. Now is the time, people who look around the world in this country, in this state, to focus on families,” Patrick said.

O’Rourke is running for governor against Abbott in November.

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