Progressive activist says O'Rourke, others Instagram Live posts could be a distraction

Progressive activist Igor Volsky on Friday said that Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeEx-Michelle Obama aide says O'Rourke's road trip is a 'listening tour' in form of a travel blog Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Former staffer accuses Jackson Lee of retaliation after rape claim MORE (D-Texas) and other political candidates distract from issues when they post social media of them doing nonpolitical activities, such as O'Rourke's visit to the dentist this week. 

"If he decides to run, I would want to see, personally, a candidate who's strong on the substance, who has a vision, and a lot of this stuff, the skateboarding, to me distracts," Volsky, executive director of activist group Guns Down, told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on "Rising." 

O'Roruke, who lost his bid to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGroup aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Congress can stop the war on science MORE (R-Texas) last year, posted a video of himself skateboarding through a Whataburger restaurant's parking lot during the campaign. 

The congressman is one of many potential Democratic presidential contenders. 

On Thursday, O'Rourke recorded his dentist visit on Instagram Live and interviewed his dental hygienist about growing up on the U.S. southern border. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend Kamala Harris picks Baltimore as headquarters for potential 2020 campaign: report Dem voters split on importance of women atop the ticket in 2020 MORE (D-Mass.) made headlines last month when she interacted with viewers on Instagram Live while drinking a beer after she announced her presidential exploratory committee. 

"On one hand, it brings people in, which I like, but on the other hand, I just want you to pair it with actual substance," Volsky said. 

— Julia Manchester