Abbott: Beto's Gun Ban Won't Sell Well If He Runs For Governor

Former congressman Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, who’s already lost one statewide race in Texas when he challenged Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate back in 2018, says he’s now considering running against Gov. Greg Abbott in next year’s gubernatorial race. I hope he does decide to jump into the race, because I look forward to witnessing his humiliation.

On Thursday, Abbott was asked about the possibility of facing O’Rourke in 2022, and immediately brought up the Democrat’s enthusiastic embrace of gun confiscation.

“You’re talking about a person who says they want to run for governor who said, ‘Heck yes,’ he’s gonna come and take your guns,” Abbott said, referring to O’Rourke’s 2019 embrace of a mandatory buyback program for assault weapons. “Heck yes, he’s for open borders. Heck yes, he’s for killing the energy sector and fossil fuels in the state of Texas. I don’t think that’s gonna sell real well.”

Responding on Twitter Thursday evening, O’Rourke accused Abbott of “selling himself” to the NRA.

Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke continues to operate under the delusion that the NRA isn’t comprised of millions of individual Americans, many of whom actually live in the state of Texas. There are many reasons why Greg Abbott won re-election in 2018 by 13-points (while O’Rourke lost his Senate bid to Ted Cruz by nearly 3-points), including his support for the right to keep and bear arms.

Abbott has declared that he wants to see Texas become a Second Amendment Sanctuary. O’Rourke has declared he’s coming for your guns. Which proposal do you think is going to be more popular in the Lone Star State?

I have no idea how serious Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke is about running for governor. It could be he’s just trying to keep his name out there after his political action committee Powered by People failed in its mission during the 2020 elections to turn the Texas state House blue. In fact, not only did Democrats fail to capture the majority last November; they failed to pick up a single seat in the House.

O’Rourke has demonstrated his ineffectiveness as a politician over the past few years; from his losing Senate campaign to his abysmal showing in the 2020 Democratic primary, where he dropped out before the first primary was even held. I’m sure that Greg Abbott would be happy to face off against O’Rourke in a general election next year, but there’s no guarantee that Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke would get the nomination if he chooses to run. Texas Democrats might want to pick a candidate that doesn’t come with the stench of failure wafting around him like a toxic cloud instead of an also-ran who’s biggest political idea is to turn millions of Americans (and hundreds of thousands of Texans) into outlaws by banning the guns in their possession.