Celebrities support Beto O'Rourke after Texas Senate loss to Ted Cruz, advocate for 2020 presidency run
The likes of Alyssa Milano, Busy Phillips, Olivia Wilde, Jake Gylllenhaal, and Beyonce came out to voice their support for Beto this past week.
Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke lost the race against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz, but he seems to have won the hearts of many, including celebrities, around the country. The race was a hotly contested one that saw O'Rourke push Cruz to the limits in what is considered a deeply red state, and his performance seems to have convinced supporters that he could very well be a legitimate contender for the presidency in 2020.
According to the Daily Mail, as soon as the results were announced and O'Rourke prepared to give his concession speech, several Hollywood stars such as Alyssa Milano, Busy Phillips, Olivia Wilde, Ike Barinholtz took to social media to advocate for the El Paso native.
'Insatiable' star Milano was one amongst thousands who believe that the 46-year-old can eye the Democratic ticket in 2020. "Beto lost? That's ok," she tweeted. "Now he can run for President." Phillips similarly tweeted, "Beto/Gillum 2020."
Olivia Wilde, whose mother Leslie Cockburn lost the vote for the Virginia 5th District House, also just wrote, "Beto 2020," while 'The Mindy Project' actor Barinholtz posted, "Ah s*** Beto didn't make it to the Senate. Oh well, at least he'll be president soon."
The likes of Jake Gyllenhaal and Beyonce had previously expressed their support for O'Rourke as well. The former had posted a photo of himself wearing a 'Beto for Senate' t-shirt, while the latter had posted a picture of herself sporting a 'Beto for Senate' cap.
The recently concluded midterms saw an unprecedented level of activity from industry stars, along with several other celebrities from varying fields coming out and urging prospective voters to go out and cast their ballots.
Most were left-leaning and gunning for a "blue wave" that would see the Democratic party reclaim the House and Senate.
Their message seems to have worked as well. While the Dems would lose out on the Senate, they did manage to secure the House, giving them an opportunity to push through investigations and subpoenas on President Donald Trump and his administration that had been previously repeatedly blocked by the Republican majority..
Looks like Dems will take the house! Do not let all of the other noise tonight deflate you. We finally have a check on the President. Tonight is a win for democracy. Oh and...#Beto2020— Josh Gad (@joshgad) 7 November 2018
Comedian Josh Gad was one of many to look at the positive side of the elections, tweeting, "Looks like Dems will take the house! Do not let all of the other noise tonight deflate you. We finally have a check on the President. Tonight is a win for democracy. Oh and...#Beto2020."
While the support for a possible Beto presidency run from within the party may be significant, especially considering how well the 46-year-old's natural charisma and popularity would stand up against president Trump, O'Rourke himself has seemingly ruled himself out of running for family reasons.
O'Rourke addressed the topic during CBS' 60-minutes and said, "I don't wanna do it. I will not do it. Amy and I are raisin' an 11-year-old, a 10-year-old and a 7-year-old. And we spent the better part of the last two years not with each other, missing birthdays and anniversaries and time together. And we—our family could not survive more of that. We, we need to be together."
He then reiterated that view ahead of the closing of the polls on Tuesday. "If elected to the Senate, I'll serve every day of that six-year term, that I'm not looking at 2020," he said. "And, and, in fact, am completely ruling that out, not going to do that."
However, he seemed to have softened his stance during his concession speech, cryptically saying, "We will see you down the road."