PHOTO: Daily Progress
Article by Bryan Howard
April 17, 2019
Robert ‘Beto’ O’Rourke spoke at the University of Virginia campus where he was questioned about his tax returns. O’Rourke was asked why a recent College Graduate was donating more to charity than he and his wife are when they are extremely wealthy. O’Rourke could not give a reasonable answer to why he is a horrible person that refuses to help anyone with his extreme wealth.
O’Rourke responded, “Thank you for coming. You just released your tax returns. I was talking to my sister about this and we were wondering why, as someone who earns seven times as much of an income as she as a recent college graduate does, gives less in charitable donations than she does.”
O’Rourke continued, “Thank you for the question. So first of all, I think that we would all like to ensure that every person that holds the highest position of power and public trust in this country releases his or her taxes, so we can understand if there are any real or perceived conflicts of interest. So we hold ourselves accountable as I am doing with you right now.”
O’Rourke stated, “I’ve served in public office since 2005. I do my best to contribute to the success of my community, my state, and now, 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 are recorded and itemized, and others that we donate to that we have not.”