Beto O'Rourke Apologizes For Marriage Jokes, Violent Poetry

Beto O'Rourke Begins First Campaign Swing In Iowa As A Presidential Candidate

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is saying he is sorry for joking that he only sometimes helps his wife raise their three children. The Texas Democrat offered the apology while recording the Political Party LIVE! podcast in Cedar Rapids on Friday. As the Texan has campaigned across Iowa, he has made the joke several times, to the displeasure of activists and people in the Democratic party who claim it has sexist undertones. O'Rourke also addressed his "white privilege," which he said had benefited him in his youth. A time of his life he also apologized for due to the discovery of his old violent fiction writing and time as part of a group of activist hackers. That subject came up when O'Rourke criticized President Trump's past responses towards racism and white supremacy.

At age 16 in 1988, under the pseudonym - "Psychedelic Warlord" - O'Rourke, reportedly authored "The Song of the Cow" — a bizarre piece that included lines asking for a cow to "buff" and "scrub my balls."

At the time he also wrote a short story about deliberately running over a group of children in his car. O'Rourke wrote, “As I neared the young ones, I put all my weight on my right foot, keeping the accelerator pedal on the floor until I heard the crashing of the two children on the hood, and then the sharp cry of pain from one of the two. I was so fascinated for a moment, that when after I had stopped my vehicle, I just sat in a daze, sweet visions filling my head."

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