Imagine being so self-assured, you no longer believe in donating money to a good cause – all because you believe you’re enough of a gift to the world.
“Would you like to donate to charity with your order today?”
“No thanks – the mere fact that I exist is charitable enough.”
Sounds absurd, right?
Surely no one would ever think that.
Well… apparently that’s exactly how presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke feels about himself. Turns out the man who brands himself as a sensible centrist of sorts is really just another arrogant shyster – one who actively avoids charity at all costs.
Check out the video for yourself:
- First, how did this most recent drama start? It came right from Beto’s own mouth during a town hall meeting at the University of Virginia. We still can’t believe he actually said this… but here’s how it happened.
- The question came from a student attending the event. She asked Beto why her sister (a recent college graduate) makes much less money than he does, yet has donated more to charity than the amount that he reported on his 2017 tax return. And you better believe he had an absurd answer…
- “I’ve served in public office since 2005,” he said. “I do my best to contribute to the success of my community, of my state, and now, of my country. There are ways that I do this that are measurable and there are ways that I do this that are immeasurable. There are charities that we donate to that we’ve recorded and itemized, others that we have donated to that we have not.”
- Beto also made sure to remind the woman how lucky she was to even be spending time with him at the town hall meeting. “I’m doing everything that I can right now, spending this time with you — not with our kiddos, not back home in El Paso — because I want to sacrifice everything to make sure that we meet this moment of truth with everything that we’ve got,” he said.
- Well, that’s just great of him, isn’t it? How fantastic of him to donate his time and use it to tell constituents all about how wonderful he believes he is and why they should appreciate him.
- The words are jarring enough just laid out on paper, but his ego really becomes obvious when you scrutinize his released tax returns. According to the IRS documents, Beto donated only around 0.3 percent of his $400,000 salary to non-profit organizations and/or charities in a single year.
- To give you some perspective, let’s break those numbers down. Taking 0.3 percent of $400,000 gives us $1,200. That’s less than some people give over the course of a year to the church collection plate – and certainly far less than he could afford.
- Don’t forget that Beto has even bigger connections to money, too. His wife, Amy, also comes from money – her father is the founder of the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). In fact, if you include her largest trust fund, Beto and Amy have a combined total net worth of around $16 million dollars.
Look, here’s the thing. No one is forced to donate to charity – and certainly, everyone has the freedom to say no. That’s the benefit of living in a country like America, where freedom reigns supreme. But Beto is a Liberal, and he’s literally campaigning on the left-leaning ideal that everyone should almost be forced to help others.
Doesn’t it seem a bit hypocritical to tell the public you believe in one thing, but not actively follow that belief in your private life?
Practice what you preach.