Beto O’Rourke has done a lot of questionable things throughout his campaign. He is doing a lot to fundraise so that he can compete with some of the bigger Democratic candidates like Biden and Warren. Most people don’t even count him as a frontrunner to get the nomination at this point – but that’s not going to stop him from taking lemonade stand money away from kids.
A little 5-year-old by the name of Kelcie decided to create a lemonade stand to help O’Rourke with his fundraising goals. She raised almost $1,000 in the process. It sounds sweet but she was obviously influenced by her parents. People probably donated a little more, too, knowing that it was for a political cause.
However, O’Rourke actually took the money. He thanked her, did a gratuitous selfie with the little girl for a tweet, and then pocketed the nearly $1,000 to put toward his campaign. He let a 5-year-old girl raise money for him – and that’s the kind of person that Democrats can’t wait to see in the Oval Office in 2020.
The story sounds really sweet at first until you realize that he didn’t let her keep her hard-earned money. His greed got in the way. After all, $1,000 might really get him to the next marketing tier to ensure more people know who he is. He’ll probably earn more dislikes once this story hits.
Beto O’Rourke has made quite a big deal about not accepting money from large corporations – and this is something that Warren has done, too. So, he won’t take money from a big company, but has no problem taking it from a 5-year-old? What kind of person is he, anyway?
Many people are calling O’Rourke’s campaign a vanity campaign at this point because he has absolutely no chance of winning. Since the shootings in his home state and announcing, “I’m coming for your guns,” his polling numbers have plummeted significantly. However, that doesn’t stop him from campaigning. After all, the more money he has, the more ad space he can buy so that he can see his name on billboards and all across Facebook. That’s not called politics, it’s called vanity – and O’Rourke is being shameful at the way that he’s handling his campaign at this time.
Plenty of people on Twitter have something to say about O’Rourke taking the girl’s lemonade money. Many question whether it’s okay to accept donations from someone who is under the age of 18. Others say that it’s sad and that he should give her money back to her. Others comment on all of the other things that girl could have done with $1,000, such as buy school supplies and athletic equipment. One user even comments about how O’Rourke is starting to rip off the generations a little early.
Beto O’Rourke comes from a very financially secure family, with estimates of being worth somewhere in the ballpark of $500 million. Clearly, if he wanted to, he wouldn’t have to do any kind of fundraising in order to make it all the way to the primaries.
As many of the Democratic candidates boast about their third-quarter earnings from fundraisers, it’s clear that some are doing better than others. Andrew Yang earned an impressive $10 million. Kamala Harris came in at just a little bit more with $11.6 million. Pete Buttigieg has upped his game with $19.1 million and Bernie Sanders brought in $25.3 million.
Beto O’Rourke has yet to disclose how much he was able to earn in the third quarter, which leaves many people questioning just how small of an amount he acquired. With his boasts that he has the grassroots efforts in place to get more donations from individuals, it’s not enough to compete with what everyone else is doing. He had $9.3 million in the first quarter. It dropped to $3.6 million in the second quarter. Now, with not telling anyone how much he’s bringing in, it’s likely a number that’s not worth mentioning – especially if he’s willing to steal from lemonade stands to get it.
Democratic presidential candidates will do anything to make it into the news. However, when they’re running for president, it’s not always the time to take the approach of “any news is good news.” In this case, someone needs to tell Beto O’Rourke that stealing a kid’s lemonade money and, then, posting about it on Twitter is bad form. Even Democrats around the country want him to return the poor girl’s thousand dollars. After all, how many glasses does that come out to be?