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'RourkeJimmy Carter says his son smoked pot with Willie Nelson on White House roof O'Rourke endorses Kennedy for Senate: 'A champion for the values we're most proud of' 2020 Democrats do convention Zoom call 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 CruzSenate GOP set to vote on Trump's Supreme Court pick before election Supreme Court fight pushes Senate toward brink Crenshaw looms large as Democrats look to flip Texas House seat 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 SandersTrump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Sanders tells Maher 'there will be a number of plans' to remove Trump if he loses Sirota reacts to report of harassment, doxing by Harris supporters MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisPelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act What Kamala Harris' VP nomination means to us Harris slams Trump's Supreme Court pick as an attempt to 'destroy the Affordable Care Act' MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).