The Democrat congressman from El Paso is seeking to upset Ted Cruz for his senate seat just a few short weeks from now.
Keep in mind that the Lone Star State is steeped in Mexican culture, and millions of Texians trace their lineage south of the Rio Grande.
So it goes without saying that having a Hispanic family tree goes quite a long way in Texas, even if one’s Latino lineage is just partial.
Take Ted Cruz for example; despite his mother being a fairly common American combination of Italian-Irish, his father is full-blooded Cubano.
But now we come to the curious case of Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke.
It’s understood that “Beto” is shortened from the Spanish “Roberto”.
But there’s only one problem. O’Rourke is not only a full-blooded Irishman, he’s also fourth generation Irish-American. It’s been awhile since any of his ancestors were fresh off the boat from the Auld Sod.
But if the MSM and O’Rourke are to be believed, his exceptionally Hibernian parents chose the Spanish diminutive name for him as a toddler.
Riiiiiiiight. I was born at night, but not last night.
As someone who not only grew-up in the American Southwest, as well as also is more than just slightly familiar with Mexican culture, this is the first example I’ve EVER heard of Gringo parents giving their kid a Spanish-language nickname.
In all fairness, just because I’ve never caught wind of such doesn’t mean it’s never happened.
But gimme a break. Next thing you’ll know, I’ll be expected to believe Elizabeth Warren is an Indian.
I just keep wondering why lefty Latinos aren’t screaming about cultural appropriation.
Forget about “Beto”… in my book, he’s just another Beta.