Texas congressman and newly minted Democratic presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke actually likes standing on issues. Throughout marketing campaign stops for his failed bid on the Texas senate final 12 months, O’Rourke spoke to his impassioned followers from a wide range of elevated positions: conventional risers, stepladders, the again of a pickup truck.
In his first presidential marketing campaign occasion Thursday in Iowa, O’Rourke wandered right into a espresso store in Keokuk, Iowa, amongst clients and information crews and started making the standard handshake rounds. It wasn’t lengthy earlier than the candidate was “standing on a chair taking questions, perched between work of flowers and musical devices,” in keeping with the New York Instances. “That is democracy,” he declared whereas standing on his tower.
Later within the day, O’Rourke, a lanky 6 foot four inches, elected for a fair taller floor: The countertop at Burlington, Iowa’s Beancounter Coffeehouse & Drinker. “The gang [was] so massive inside this coffeeshop,” CNN’s Jeff Zeleny reported, that O’Rourke was pressured to take to the counter. Pumpkin bars and jumbo snickerdoodles have been eliminated to make room for his toes, per the Des Moines Register.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke stands on a countertop as he talks with voters throughout his second day of campaigning for the 2020 nomination at Central Park Espresso Firm March 15, 2019 in Mount Nice, Iowa. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Photos
Subsequent on the overcaffeinated O’Rourke tour of Iowa was a marketing campaign cease at Central Park Espresso in Mt. Nice, the place he as soon as once more scaled the counter surrounded by glass cake shows crammed with muffins. Throughout a go to to Mount Vernon, Iowa, the previous Home consultant poured beer for purchasers at a bar referred to as Yock’s Touchdown and visited Sing-A-Lengthy Bar and Grill the place he used a step stool to climb atop a counter after which awkwardly jumped down by greedy individuals’s shoulders.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke solutions questions from voters throughout his second day of campaigning for the 2020 nomination on the Sing-A-Lengthy Bar and Grill March 15, 2019 in Mount Vernon, Iowa.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Photos
Beto O’Rourke climbs down from his countertop stage in Mount Vernon, Iowa.Melina Mara/The Washington Submit by way of Getty Photos
He rounded off the Friday stops with a visit to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, restaurant the Pig & Porter, the place he opted to speechify from a bench.
Beto O’Rourke takes a break from counter tops and makes use of a bench as a substitute on the Pig & Porter.Stephen Maturen/AFP/Getty Photos
After following O’Rourke for 3 days, one NBC Information reporter knew one factor for sure: “This man loves standing on issues.”
O’Rourke continued to check the durability of Midwest counter tops heading to Michigan on Monday. Easing his method into the morning, he selected a chair behind the counter at Hometown Heroes within the metropolis of Heart Line, Michigan. Later, throughout a go to to Detroit’s Slim Means Cafe, the now-seasoned politician returned to his favourite espresso bar platform.
By now, political bystanders on Twitter have seen the Texan’s penchant for pontificating from chairs and counter tops.
Beto O’Rourke’s marketing campaign theme is seemingly “Standing on Tables 2020”.— Tyler the Revelator (@tyler_coulson) March 17, 2019
why is #beto at all times standing on counters and tables? dude appears to be like tall… i don’t get it? fave film coyote ugly?! — Lauren Outlaw (@dloutlaw19) March 18, 2019
It’s time all of us admit that Beto simply has a factor for standing on counter tops.— Ken Adams (@Elohssa412) March 18, 2019
changing into exhausted taking a look at getty images of beto in iowa: beto standing on a counter. beto signing baseballs. beto working a 5k. beto pouring a buyer a beer. beto in somebody’s selfie. beto standing on one thing agai— Alex Press (@alexnpress) March 18, 2019
The phenomenon has even spawned its personal parody Twitter account, Beto Standing On Counters, with the tagline “Standing on Counters and different assorted furnishings til ‘20.”
At press time, O’Rourke had moved on to Cleveland, the place greater than 300 individuals reportedly gathered at a bar referred to as Gino’s Cento Anno to take heed to O’Rourke converse. Reporter Seth Richardson famous on Twitter that somebody examined a patio desk exterior, which O’Rourke finally stood on throughout his go to earlier than decamping to a distinct tabletop contained in the bar.
Whereas some individuals nonetheless aren’t fairly certain what Beto O’Rourke stands for, we actually know what he’s standing on someplace on this massive, sophisticated nation referred to as America — a counter.
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