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.
What’s authentic about an Irish guy pretending to be Hispanic? Asking for some friends Texas. https://t.co/c30OjHdN8j
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 15, 2018
The missing ‘no’ got a nod.
Wow, you really have no respect for the people that follow you. A ten year old could correct your tweet.
— mrsk⚛ (@mrsdianek) October 15, 2018
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.
Junior does not know that it's ok to speak Spanish even if white. Cruz is Canadian. Haha. The irony.
— Coastally WOKE (@Abigail_in_1692) October 15, 2018
“Aren’t you supporting a Canadian guy named Rafael that goes by Ted?” one user wrote. “Idiot.”
Aren’t you supporting a Canadian guy named Rafael that goes by Ted?
— Angry WH Staffer (@AngrierWHStaff) October 15, 2018
His middle name is Edward. That's where Ted comes from. Ted Kennedy did the same thing. His name was Edward.
— COG_Horse (@COG_627) October 15, 2018
Let’s ask that tough as Texas Canadian Cuban guy, Rafael Eduardo Cruz.
— villicus valentulus (@VillicusV) October 15, 2018
Authentic is a 4th generation Native Texan, born & raised in a city with a dominant Hispanic culture. Children named Robert/Roberto/Albert/Alberto are often GIVEN the nickname Beto. What is inauthentic is a Canadian born Cuban who moves to TX & pretends to be “Tough as Texas”. pic.twitter.com/wBtpLRLWgs
— LDH (@lividdelight) October 15, 2018
Before he was president, Donald Trump himself thought Cruz was inauthentic.
What's authentic about Ted Cruz? pic.twitter.com/i1thU5ik6h
— ThisAngryMamaVotes (@mickeyfoon) October 15, 2018
For the record: In the Texas Senate race, a guy born in Canada, who wants to be called Ted even though his real name is Rafael, is trying to score points by noting that his opponent, who was born in El Paso, goes by Beto though his given name is Robert. Got it.
— Bob Drummond (@bobdrummond) October 15, 2018
Beto is a common nickname in Texas; is this the best Junior can do?
He has been called Beto for most of his life. As a native of Texas, it is VERY common for ANYONE with the name Robert to be called Beto. It’s a TEXAS thing, not a Hispanic thing. Also, ethnic arguments are sign one of racism. So, nice job riling up the neo nazi base.
— Tony Tellez (@tonytellez) October 15, 2018
I have lived in Texas my entire life. I have several friends called 'Beto'. And a few called 'Bobby'. It is not unusual.
— Jim Gray (@irvlib) October 15, 2018
Junior got nailed for his own authenticity problems too.
What's authentic about a "family values" conservative cheating on his wife while he has children at home? Oh, wait, that's the most authentic thing in the world, right? Just ask your mom.
— Mulled Whine #BushPants (@OGintheOP) October 15, 2018
Maybe not the best idea to try to claim cultural appropriation while daddy is drawing up more plans to kidnap Hispanic children.
— Hoss (@Hoss_Resists) October 15, 2018
What’s authentic about a bunch of mobsters pretending to be the First Family?
— Gina Bradbury (@screaminggina) October 15, 2018
Trump isn’t the presidential family’s original name. It was Drumpf (yes really).
The grandson of a man who literally changed his name because he was so embarrassed of his heritage is talking about authenticity.
— patsnsox (@patsnsox123) October 15, 2018
Nothing in your family is authentic. Not even love . #glasshouses
— Christy (X) (@expatback) October 15, 2018
What’s authentic about a lying old washed up reality tv star pretending to be president. Worst president ever. A man baby who cries everyday about something. Always a victim. Poor Donnie. Can’t handle opinions that differ from his delusional world. Sad.
— Fight for our democracy (@JulieHe84898888) October 15, 2018
What’s authentic about a rich uninformed rich kid pretending he understands politics and government policy?
— Mister Resister (@paul_bibb) October 15, 2018
“You don’t have any friends” became a recurring theme.