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READ: Donald Trump Jr. Tweets ‘What’s Authentic About an Irish Guy Pretending to Be Hispanic?’

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donald trump jr., beto o'rourke, ted cruz, texas senate race

Donald Trump Jr. came under fire Monday morning for attacking Beto O’Rourke, the Texas Democrat looking to unseat Senator Ted Cruz (R) in November, over his name.

“What’s authentic about an Irish guy pretending to be Hispanic?” Trump Jr. said in a tweet. “Asking for some friend [sic] Texas.” Junior doesn’t have time for prepositions.

The missing ‘no’ got a nod.

O’Rourke’s full legal name is Robert Francis O’Rourke. Going by Beto is not a ploy to sound Spanish. A fourth-generation Irish-American, “Beto” is the nickname his family gave him as a child to distinguish him from his grandfather, after whom he was named.

Meanwhile, Trump Jr. is getting pummelled on Twitter for his endorsement of Canadian-born Cruz, whose first name isn’t Ted – it’s Rafael. And he calls himself Ted for almost the exact same reason O’Rourke goes by Beto: to distinguish himself from his father, Rafael Sr.

“Aren’t you supporting a Canadian guy named Rafael that goes by Ted?” one user wrote. “Idiot.”

https://twitter.com/scouser80/status/1051813321903656960

https://twitter.com/al3xandrovich3/status/1051820781582336000

https://twitter.com/Jinxy_Minxy/status/1051824078980550658

https://twitter.com/GeoCavanagh/status/1051812835473465344

Before he was president, Donald Trump himself thought Cruz was inauthentic.

Beto is a common nickname in Texas; is this the best Junior can do?

Junior got nailed for his own authenticity problems too.

https://twitter.com/Stefan_BC/status/1051815605420974084

Trump isn’t the presidential family’s original name. It was Drumpf (yes really).

“You don’t have any friends” became a recurring theme.

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