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Beto O & # 39; Rourke apologizes for joking about his wife, says he has used the "white privilege"

Former congressman from Texas, who started on Thursday for democratic presidential nomination in 2020. He raised his comments during the recording of the Political Party LIVE podcast! in Cedar Rapids. The comments sparked complaints from democratic agents and activists, including many women, that women's candidates could never joke about the roles of raising children.

"Not only will I not say more, but I will be more thoughtful in the way I speak about our marriage, and the way I recognize the truth of criticism that I enjoyed white privileges," he said.

He indicated his ability to move away from two arrests as a young man without serious consequences.

"So yes, I think criticism is right. My shaman's attempt to emphasize the fact that Amy has the lion's share of the burden in our family – that she is actually working, but is the main parent in our family, especially when I served in Congress, especially when I was on the campaign trail – I should also have to admit to me, that it is too often, not only in politics, but in life in general. I hope because I was part of the problem in some cases, I can also be part of the solution – he said.

It was the second apology that Rourke made during the podcast. The first concerned his writings as a teenager when he was a member of a group of hacker activists. These writings, which came under the pseudonym "Psychedelic Warlord" and contained a piece of fiction from the point of view of the killer, were disclosed in the Reuters report.

He said he was "humbled to read it now, unbelievably embarrassed … whatever I mean as a teenager, it does not matter."

"I need to look at my actions for a long time and the language I used, and I must constantly try to do better," he said.

Comments appeared when O & # 39; Rourke answered the question of how he would fight the white supremacy.

Rourke criticized President Donald Trump, saying that Mexican and Muslim children "internalize" them when the president attacks them with a wide brush. He also criticized Trump's reaction to violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.

"We must also deal with this racism, this xenophobia, this nativism and this hatred, because otherwise I am convinced that it will consume us. So calling it is part of it, and then it is an example of how we want to treat each other – he said.

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