Beto O'Rourke Mocked for Instagramming Trip to Dentist

Beto O'Rourke / Instagram
January 10, 2019

Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke disgusted and confused commentators on both sides of the aisle by posting video to social media of his trip to the dentist.

The move from O'Rourke, often floated as a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, comes on the heels of other Democratic stars using social media to speak about politics in a relaxed setting. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D., N.Y.) live-streamed herself making macaroni and cheese in November, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) filmed herself drinking a beer at home on New Year's Eve to mixed reviews.

But the consensus on Twitter was that O'Rourke went too far in filming an Instagram Live video during his dental cleaning Thursday, complete with a view of his gaping maw.

The actual focus of the video was not intended to be O'Rourke, but his dental hygienist, named Diana. "We're going to continue our series on the people of the border," he said in the video intro, saying she was "going to tell us a little bit about growing up in El Paso."

"It's a beautiful community. We all support each other, we love each other," Diana said. "And it's not what everybody else thinks, sadly, about us. It's actually a wonderful place to live and grow up."