"We don’t want you here," the man screamed at O’Rourke during a recent campaign event, according to a video posted on social media. At the time, O’Rourke appeared to be surrounded by an otherwise supportive crowd, with Beto O’Rourke signs and T-shirts visible in the background.
"On behalf of the ranchers, the oil and gas and farmers, I’m in your grill telling you don’t come back," the man went on, as O’Rourke supporters tried to shout him down and security staffers began to move toward him. The confrontation was reported by The National Desk.
"You ain’t taking my guns, either," the O’Rourke critic insisted. "Nobody wants you here. No means no. Three times – you lost twice. No means no!"
The heckler appeared to be referring to O’Rourke’s failed attempt to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018 and his aborted bid for the Democratic Party’s Presidential nomination in 2020.
The man in the video also appeared to be referencing O’Rourke’s past pledge to "take your AR-15, your AK-47," which he reiterated over the weekend during an appearance on CNN.
"I still hold this view" on what he has called "weapons of war," the candidate persisted on Sunday.
O’Rourke’s home turf of El Paso was the site of a mass shooting in August 2019 that resulted in 23 deaths.
Before his Senate and Presidential runs, O’Rourke, 49, served on the El Paso City Council between 2005 and 2012, he then served on Capitol Hill from 2012 to 2018 after being elected to the U.S. House to represent the 16th Congressional District in West Texas.
Currently, he is attempting to unseat incumbent Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, hoping in part that issues such as the controversial Texas abortion law will help the Democrat pull off a victory.
It must be noted, Abbott isn’t the only potential obstacle between O’Rourke and the Governor’s chair. Texas-born Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey is reportedly also mulling an entry into the race. According to the Dallas Morning News, a recent poll shows the actor running ahead of Abbott and O’Rourke if he chooses to run.
On the GOP side, former Texas Republican Party leader Allen West, a former Florida Congressman, is another familiar name seeking the state’s top job. West, a former Army officer as well, launched his campaign on the Fourth of July.