Update (November 19, 2018): After Beyoncé endorsed Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic candidate for Texas' open U.S. Senate seat, on Election Day, some blamed her for his defeat. These critics argued he would have won had she co-signed him earlier in the race.
O’Rourke himself is thankful for the “Sweet Dreams” singer’s support and isn’t pressed about her timing, however.
“She’s one of the great artists of our time, one of the best people to come out of Houston and Texas. I was grateful that she supported us — whenever it came, it was great,” he told TMZ on Sunday.
Despite his loss to incumbent Ted Cruz (R), the 31-year-old politician has found himself with not only Queen Bey's support, but the support of Democrats across the nation, many of whom are now calling on him to run for president in 2020.
Morning Consult https://morningconsult.com/2018/11/12/democrats-prefer-biden-sanders-over-crowded-primary-field/">asked voters about their favorite potential Democratic candidates, and O’Rourke placed third behind Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Vice President Joe Biden.
For his part, O’Rourke admitted he isn’t sure about a White House run.
"You know … I haven't made any decisions about anything is probably the best way for me to put it," O'Rourke http://www.tmz.com/2018/11/16/beto-orourke-presidential-run-2020-challenge-trump/">told TMZ last Friday. "I think everything's too fresh still for me."
Original: Texas’ white voters were instrumental in re-electing Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican, but a few misguided souls found a way to blame a Black woman.
Cruz’s victory disappointed many people who had hoped to see a blue wave crash into the traditionally red Texas. When Beyoncé published a photo of herself in Beto O’Rourke gear on Tuesday afternoon, supporters of the Democratic candidate hoped her influence would usher Beto into the Senate.
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I’m feeling grateful for everyone before me who fought so hard to give us all the right to have a voice. We can’t voice our frustrations and complain about what’s wrong without voting and exercising our power to make it right. We need you. We all need each other, because when we are truly united we are unstoppable. Sending you all love and positivity on this happy voting day! Every vote counts Every race matters Everywhere.
O'Rourke was also excited about Queen Bey's support.
Thank you, Beyoncé! pic.twitter.com/wfNJsGvrec— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) November 6, 2018
Despite her cosign, O'Rourke lost. Some people began to blame the “Formation” singer for sharing her endorsement in the middle of Election Day rather than earlier in the campaign.
Beyoncé should have been put her fucking Beto hat on. I bet that would have ended different. Tuh.— +Energy (@Saundraaa) November 7, 2018
How shitty is beyonce for the last minute post. Yeah... don’t @ me— STEPH (@stephlaris) November 7, 2018
beyonce really waited until 4pm on election day to publicly endorse beto .. girl pic.twitter.com/cIv0JtmcLQ— maría (@maria_omfg) November 7, 2018
Of course Beyonce fucking endorses Beto with four hours left in the election instead of three weeks. She’s got the ability and clout to lead the wave and instead we get this.— Zach (@BarroldBonds) November 6, 2018
Thankfully, some people had enough sense to call out those who felt Beto's loss was somehow Bey's fault.
I really HATE H A T E white men. HATE! They're really blaming Beto losing on Beyoncé like its not the fault of the majority WHITE population pic.twitter.com/Wrw88WbKUc— VOTE B*TCHES (@lemonyonce) November 7, 2018
apparently 59% of white women in Texas voted for Ted Cruz and white people are on here talking about what Beyoncé should have done differently...just....talk to your relatives.— Ayesha A. Siddiqi (@AyeshaASiddiqi) November 7, 2018
HOW IS BEYONCÉ SUPPOSED TO FIX THIS???? HOW??? BLACK PEOPLE DO WHAT THE F*CK NEEDS TO BE DONE!! ITS WHITE PEOPLE ITS ALWAYS THEM!!! BEYONCÉ CANNOT FIX THE UNFIXABLE pic.twitter.com/q2Dmj21D06— VOTE B*TCHES (@lemonyonce) November 7, 2018
Y’all just need to accept that we’re surrounded by morons and racists. Beyoncé could’ve posted that pic 3 months ago and the ppl who were gonna vote for Cruz were gonna do that anyway b/c that’s how they are— A. B., Esq. (@ivyleague1908) November 7, 2018
Black women got in formation and 95% voted for Beto per Beyonce's Request....as for Becky, Ally, and Joanne tho 🤷🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️— The Vixen (@TheVixensworld) November 7, 2018
All of you white liberals blaming Beyoncé’s “late endorsement” of Beto need to shut the hell up. How about talking to your friends and family about not voting for their own selfish self interests instead of, yet again, placing the burden on Black women. Idiots #ElectionNight pic.twitter.com/dfnaYNu6ib— tired grad student🇳🇬 (@itsmetheHBIC) November 7, 2018
As CBS News reports, Texas’ exit polls made it clear who allowed Cruz to keep his seat.
O’Rourke won 89 percent of the Black vote and 63 percent of the Latinx vote, according to NBC News. White support of Cruz proved to be strong. White men accounted for 71 percent, and 59 percent of white women supported Cruz.
This ain’t on Yoncé.
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