Texas GOP Tried to Troll Democrat Beto O'Rourke With Old Pics Of His Punk Band
It didn't work.
Perhaps Texas Senator Ted Cruz is starting to feel the heat. Or maybe Lone Star Republicans just don't get that in the Trump era, being in a rock band isn't the thing most likely to scare voters away. As the Senate race between incumbent Senator Cruz and Democratic congressman Beto O'Rourke gets close in the run-up to the Nov. 6 midterm election, the Texas GOP tried to shame O'Rourke this week by tweeting out photos of the buzzed-about El Paso native from his days criss-crossing the country as the bassist for punk band Foss.
Maybe Beto can’t debate Ted Cruz because he already had plans... pic.twitter.com/LdqKTh3yK4— Texas GOP (@TexasGOP) August 28, 2018
While the party seemed to think it had ripped a sick burn on O'Rourke after he turned down Cruz's request for a debate on Friday (Aug. 31) by pointing out Beto's misspent youth rocking out and, recently, skating in burger joint parking lots, the viral campaign backfired.
So Beto has been ducking debates with Senator Ted Cruz. We can't imagine why, but we do have a few ideas... pic.twitter.com/3n2HtwY9pQ— Texas GOP (@TexasGOP) August 28, 2018
Check out some of the responses.
Beto's 45 years old and he's been in Congress, representing Texas, for 6 years.— Taxpayer-Funded Library Unicorn (@PinkFulfyUnicon) August 29, 2018
For comparison, Ted Cruz is 47, and he's been in the Senate, representing Texas, for...6 years.
Imagine my surprise when I opened the picture in hope of reading something with legitimate points...— Griselda Blanca Evangelista (@CurlsAndPearls7) August 30, 2018
Lmao this gotta be satire. Please?— ®yanosaurus™ (@ryanosaurus716) August 30, 2018
Every time Republicans try to do a meme pic.twitter.com/aFspUWcZtP— Rob Sheridan (@rob_sheridan) August 29, 2018
I was hungry so i heated up a brick of cheese pic.twitter.com/fKrqAoxX88— Robert (@jnco_jeans) August 29, 2018
hi you might want to check and see if you have a dem. mole on your social media team. just fyi. #DeepState— Priti Patel (@pritiropatel) August 29, 2018
@TexasGOP is comedy gold. Are these people for real?— caroline (@MNliberalhere) August 29, 2018
Definitely don't want to vote for this cool guy who did fun stuff and had friends.— ''Macho Man'' Rand Paul's Neighbor (@Neighbormania) August 29, 2018
Also, we know for sure he couldn't be the Zodiac Killer, so he's got one over Cruz already.— Nintendo PS4 (@Hola_Vicente) August 29, 2018
This is the all-time coolest tweet in support of #BetoForTexas--— @kim (@kim) August 29, 2018
Agreed...And @BetoORourke looks adorable in that picture! Can't wait for the Texas GOP'ers to publish pics of Beto on a skateboard or on the band stage! Would love to see more!— Rhys (@Rhys604) August 29, 2018
What is the point of this tweet? To make @BetoORourke look more relatable? To make him look like he's in a band? Is that a bad thing?— 1000 years of dankness (@Sicktrees) August 29, 2018
Like seriously, whose bright idea was this and how close are they to their 79th birthday?
Here's a minute and a half of @BetoORourke's trash punk band Foss tearing it up on El Paso TV in 1994. Coincidentally, this is the same year human cheese curd @tedcruz was inhaling his own farts at a "Republicans Take Back the House Party" at Harvard. #BetoforTexas pic.twitter.com/dx3juAtb4o— Ted Geoghegan (@tedgeoghegan) August 29, 2018
Given Cruz's reputation as one of the reviled members of Congress, after the GOP's third effort to target O'Rourke by posting his mugshot from a late 1990s DWI arrest -- which he has talked about several times since the beginning of his political career -- their final shot came up blankest.
There's always the chance that Robert “Beto” O’Rourke won’t debate Senator Cruz because he got into a hazy situation... pic.twitter.com/4nmd42AEkl— Texas GOP (@TexasGOP) August 29, 2018
Based on the reaction to our tweets we can confirm that Beto is in fact going to receive 100% of the vote from Buzzfeed contributors, out of state liberals, and people who use the word "rad." We feel very owned :'(— Texas GOP (@TexasGOP) August 29, 2018