Texas Lt. Governor calls Beto O'Rourke a 'moron'

Texas Lt. Governor calls Beto O'Rourke a 'moron'
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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) called former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) a “moron” Monday night, lambasting the Democratic presidential candidate’s positions on border security and reparations for the descendants of slaves, according to Mediaite.

Asked by Fox News’s Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamPsaki says Biden admin 'needs' Fox News in order to fight vaccine misinformation Biden walks fine line with Fox News Biden pokes at Fox hosts: They've had 'altar call' on vaccines MORE if O’Rourke was “a little more reasonable not so long ago,” Patrick responded that O’Rourke “is so light in the loafers, he floats off the ground at times.”

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“When he ran [in 2018 against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: Senate panel votes to scrap Iraq war authorizations | Police officer fatally stabbed outside Pentagon ID'd | Biden admin approves first Taiwan arms sale Senate panel votes to repeal Iraq war authorizations America's pandemic of COVID hypocrisy MORE (R-Texas)], he had $80 million, he was on television every commercial break for months and months, he never said anything,” Patrick added, dismissing a poll that found O’Rourke and several other Democratic contenders in a dead heat with Trump in the Lone Star State, saying it was based on name recognition.

“Light in the loafers” is an archaic term frequently used as a euphemism for gay men, which Ingraham hastened to give Patrick a chance to clarify was not his intent. “What I mean is, he flaps his arms a lot,” Patrick said. “I meant he’s a lightweight.”

O’Rourke earlier this week released an ambitious $5 trillion plan to address climate change but has frequently been criticized from the left, including by Democratic competitor Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeBipartisan governors press Biden administration on Canadian border restrictions Overnight Energy: Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections | Biden to return to pre-Obama water protections | Western governors ask Biden for aid on wildfires Western governors ask Biden for aid on wildfires MORE for his ties to the energy industry and history of oil industry-friendly votes in Congress.