Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) entered the 2020 presidential race on Thursday with much fanfare and a media obsession, and “Tonight Show” star Jimmy Fallon even jumped in on the action.
O’Rourke launched his campaign with a short video in which he spoke passionately to the camera with his wife at his side. In the clip, he outlined some vague policy ideas that included universal health care and fighting climate change.
I am running to serve you as the next president. The challenges we face are the greatest in living memory. No one person can meet them on their own. Only this country can do that, and only if we build a movement that includes all of us. Say you're in: https://t.co/EKLdkVET2u pic.twitter.com/lainXyvG2n
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 14, 2019
While O’Rourke’s announcement was welcomed by his legion of supporters, not everybody was quite sure what to make of him. For example, President Donald Trump suggested O’Rourke might be “crazy” because he moves his hands so much, as IJR Blue noted.
And Trump wasn’t the only one who noticed O’Rourke’s eccentric gestures. On Thursday night, Jimmy Fallon unveiled his hilarious O’Rourke impression during his late night show and poked a little lighthearted fun at the candidate.
In the clip, the comedian moves his hands wildly and jokes, “I’m like if your friend’s hot dad had the energy of a golden retriever.” Later he quips, “Beto’s still got a little bad boy in him.”
Fallon also jokes about O’Rourke’s lack of a firm policy, closing his clip by asking, “Are there more experienced candidates out there with clearer policy ideas? Sure.”
O’Rourke’s short time on the campaign trail has already included a few stops in Iowa where he spoke to supporters in a coffee shop. At the time, the passionate Texan stood atop coffeeshop tables and said a few bad words, and the press couldn’t get enough of it.
He’s still got a long way to go if he’s going to make it through the crowded primary field. Right now, he’s polling in sixth place, with Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders leading the pack. However, there hasn’t been a national poll released since O’Rourke entered the campaign, so that could change.