UVALDE, Texas (KXAN) – Texas Democratic governor candidate Beto O’Rourke crashed during Governor Greg Abbott’s press conference on Wednesday as the governor provided an update on the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde that killed at least 21 people on Tuesday.
O’Rourke walked to the podium after Abbott’s opening statement and could be heard saying “you’re not doing anything.”
sen. Ted Cruz reacted to O’Rourke’s display, calling O’Rourke a “humiliation”. Multiple other Texas leaders took the stage around Abbott, including Texas Lt. gov. Dan Patrick and Texas Speaker Dade Pehlan.
O’Rourke could be heard saying the shooting was “totally predictable”.
O’Rourke was led out by the police. Outside, he spoke to reporters.
“There are no words that someone who screams can come here and do something to heal those broken hearts,” Abbott said after the exchange.
At least 19 students and two adults were killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde. Officials have not yet officially released the names of the victims, but families are coming forward to identify their loved ones.
“We owe those parents actions. I spoke to the parents in El Paso, I spoke to the parents at Santa Fe High School, I spoke to the parents in Midland Odessa. They want us to do something now. I want us to do something now. We can do something now. But if we continue to accept this, it’s not just the governor’s fault, it’s our fault,” O’Rourke said.
The shooting happened just two days before the last day of the school year, according to the Uvalde CISD calendar.
“Set aside personal agendas for just this moment… think of someone other than ourselves. Think of the people who are injured,” Abbott said in a raised voice.
“There will be plenty of time to discuss and analyze what happened yesterday and do everything possible to hopefully prevent it from happening again. This is when people all over the world in this country, in this state, are looking to focus on the families,” Patrick said.
O’Rourke wants to run for governor against Abbott in November.