Beto O’Rourke On Ellen ‘My DUI Didn’t Define Me Because I’m A White Man In America’ [VIDEO]
From the time he ran for El Paso City Council, Beto O'Rourke has had to answer questions about his DUI arrest when he was 26 years old. He has never shied away from discussing it or tried to brush it off. He has always admitted it a mistake and on Wednesday's Ellen show, he once again touches on the subject.
If anything, I wish Ellen hadn't been almost apologetic about asking Beto about his DUI. It happened when he was 26 and should have known better, but having said that, I know I have driven after a few too many drinks, as well. I was only lucky that I didn't get into an accident or pulled over by a police officer. It's nothing I'm proud of, but it did happen.
Beto said his DUI didn't define him because he is a white man in America and that allowed him to move past his DUI and go on to go the public works he is doing now. It is a pretty surprising to hear an Anglo say that he knows that he was lucky to be white in that situation, but it is clearly something that Beto isn't comfortable with.
I think holding a politician to the fire about past deeds is important. Saying the right things and doing the right things are two totally different things. I don't like that Beto got a DUI, but I do like knowing that there was never another incident like that, and having him explain it every time he is interviewed is important. I'm glad he doesn't refuse to answer questions about it. We all make mistakes, but learning from them and owning up them is the mark of maturity.