AP mocked for report saying Beto O'Rourke spoke at rally 'in his native Spanish'

The Associated Press has faced some mocking on social media after a report over the weekend originally said that former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke clarifies remarks, leaves door open to gubernatorial bid O'Rourke says he's not planning on run for Texas governor O'Rourke slams Cruz for video of border visit MORE (D-Texas) spoke "in his native Spanish" during a rally.

"O'Rourke also spoke at length in his native Spanish, eliciting loud and sustained cheers," the original AP report from Saturday read. 


The 2020 presidential hopeful, whose full name is Robert Francis O'Rourke, is fourth-generation Irish-American.

The report comes after O'Rourke officially launched his campaign in the border town of El Paso in a speech that focused heavily on immigration.

The AP coverage solicited a number of responses across social media mocking it for calling Spanish O'Rourke's native language.


The AP has since removed the word "native" in its online report to read, "O’Rourke also spoke at length in Spanish, eliciting loud and sustained cheers."

O’Rourke, 46, ran a strong campaign to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts Pollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee Tim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls MORE (R-Texas) last fall, but ultimately lost in the deep-red state by 2.6 points. The race launched O'Rourke into the national conversation, however, with speculation of a presidential run beginning immediately after his loss. 

He has joined a Democratic field full of political heavyweights, including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders Sanders on Cheney drama: GOP is an 'anti-democratic cult' MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris says Mexico, US can work together to improve quality of life in Northern Triangle Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says 'it is time to pass the baton on to someone else' Harris's uncle discusses COVID-19 surge in India: 'The conditions are pretty bad' MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).