The Washington Post had to admit that Beto O’Rourke lied when he claimed he “did not try to leave the scene of the accident” after being arrested for a drunk driving accident he caused in 1998, during Friday’s debate with Senator Ted Cruz.
“I did not try to leave the scene of the accident,” O’Rourke said, “though driving drunk, which I did, is a terrible mistake for which there is no excuse or justification or defense, and I will not try to provide one.” Fortunately for the voters of Texas, the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News obtained police reports that directly contradict his story, making him a liar.
After O’Rourke “lost control of the vehicle and struck a truck traveling in the same direction,” according to the Anthony Police Department, he “attempted to leave the accident but was stopped by [a] reporter.” The would-be senator was then arrested, and was then given, and failed, a breathalyzer test.
The Washington Post fact-checked O’Rourke, and gave the candidate’s story “four Pinocchios,” saying:
O’Rourke could have dodged the question during the debate or he could have said his memory of the night is not clear. Instead, he chose to dispute the factual record. We also believe in second chances, and O’Rourke should revise his answer if given another opportunity.
When readers protested, the story was edited to clarify the Post’s fact-checking perspective, and that they had reached out to O’Rourke’s campaign for answers. “We provided the opportunity to set the record straight,” they said, “and heard nothing.”
The people of Texas need to know about things like this because character still matters. Not only did O’Rourke drive drunk and try to flee the scene of an accident that he caused, but 20 years later he lied about it during a debate for the Senate seat that he wishes to hold. His bad judgment and lack of character haven’t changed in twenty years.
A political debate is where the voters learn about each candidate, and I think the voters of Texas have now learned enough to know that Beto O’Rourke can not be trusted as their next senator.
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