Republican Party Tweets Mugshot of Beto O’Rourke After DWI Arrest to Mark (Mock?) St. Patrick’s Day

The Republican Party took a swing at Beto O’Rouke on Sunday by linking his Irish heritage to a decades-old DWI arrest.

“On this St. Paddy’s Day, a special message from noted Irishman Robert Francis O’Rourke,” the GOP tweeted from the party’s official Twitter account, along with a doctored version of O’Rourke’s decades-old mugshot that depicts him wearing a cartoon leprechaun hat and holding up the words “Please drink responsibly.”

O’Rourke has publicly addressed his DWI in the past, calling it “a serious mistake for which there’s no excuse.” The charge was dismissed after he completed a diversion program.

The GOP has gone after O’Rourke’s drinking record in the past, though this appears to be the first time Republicans have conflated it with his Irish ancestry in what many criticizing the tweet saw as the furthering of a centuries-old anti-Irish stereotype.

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SOURCE: Isaac Feldberg
The Boston Globe