After suffering a loss to Ted Cruz in the Texas Senate race on Tuesday night, Democrat Beto O’Rourke wasted no time re-engerizing his fans by dropping an unapologetic F-bomb in his concession speech on national television.
“I want to thank this amazing campaign of people — not a dime from a single PAC, all people, all the time, in every single part of Texas,” he said to cheers. “All of you, showing the country how you do this.”
“I’m so f—–g proud of you guys,” he said, prompting the crowd to roar even louder.
His speech was broadcast on MSNBC and the network did not censor his colorful language. C-SPAN also aired the curse word uncensored.
MSNBC anchor Brian Williams apologized on behalf of his network, saying, “Sorry for the F-bomb. We have no control of what’s in the concession speeches.”
"Sorry about the F-bomb," Brian Williams says on MSNBC after Beto let loose an obscenity during his concession speech.
— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 7, 2018
But for O’Rourke’s fans, no apology was necessary. Many supporters hailed the moment as proof of O’Rourke’s passion and authenticity — and a sure sign that he’ll run for president in 2020, despite his recent comments to the contrary. (He told MSNBC on Monday: “I will not be a candidate for president in 2020.”)
Beto O'Rourke drops an f-bomb during his concession speech. pic.twitter.com/i1T5lDHUml
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) November 7, 2018
— Leonard ‘Dave’ Pelski (@dpelski) November 7, 2018
Beto's F-bomb basically his 2020 announcement 🤣
— The Impeachment PAC (@powertoimpeach) November 7, 2018
Good lawd, I love Beto. Droppin’ F bombs and passion on that stage. 😍💖 pic.twitter.com/qhgGp1V7LI
— Katelyn. (@SassMasterKate) November 7, 2018
This isn’t the first time O’Rourke has dropped the F-bomb. Cruz took aim at his opponent in an ad that featured O’Rourke using the four-letter word five times on the campaign trail.