Why Beto O’Rourke is right to talk politics today

Opinion May 26, 2022 News
Why Beto O’Rourke is right to talk politics today

From CNN | Politics - The Point Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-Large

When Democrat Beto O’Rourke confronted Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott during a press conference Wednesday in the wake of a mass school shooting that left 19 children and two adults dead, he was shouted down for making the tragedy political.

If you like O’Rourke and/or his views on gun control, you will see what he did as an act of political courage. If you don’t, it will look like a poorly timed political stunt.

My point here, though, is broader than all of that: Don’t let politicians tell you that there’s no place for politics in moments like these. In fact, this is exactly the right moment to talk about politics.

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