Washington Free Beacon senior writer Elizabeth Harrington said Monday she is not sure presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke "knows who he is."
During an appearance on Your World with Neil Cavuto on Fox News Monday, Harrington discussed O'Rourke's fundraising numbers. O'Rourke reported raising $6.1 million in the first 24 hours of his campaign, surpassing all previously declared Democratic presidential candidates in first-day fundraising totals.
"The small dollar donations, that's what shows where the energy is within the Democratic Party. And that's with Bernie. And that's with Beto. But Bernie, he is who he is. There's an authenticity about him that people like, even if that's him authentically liking the Soviet Union," Harrington said. "But Beto, I'm not so sure he knows who he is. I mean just two weeks ago he was off on the road trying to find himself writing in his journal. We don't know whether to call him Rob O'Rourke when he was captain of the crew team, or ‘Psychedelic Warlord' when he was this computer hacker, but now now he's settled on Beto."
Still, O'Rourke's slip-ups on the campaign trail have drawn attention from the media, which Harrington noted.
"We've already seen coming out with his campaign, it isn't the smoothest launch. He has already have to apologize and change positions on healthcare, apologize for his white privilege. It's not the smoothest rollout. There is a lot of energy behind him, but there's also going to be a lot of targets on his back because of that energy, and he's not handling it too well so far," Harrington continued.
As a teenager, O'Rourke was part of a hacking group known as the Cult of the Dead Cow for which he wrote online essays under the name "Psychedelic Warlord." He also engaged in experimental writing, including a poem in which he asked a cow to "buff" and "scrub my balls."
Earlier this year, O'Rourke went on a multi-state road trip in an effort to get out of a "funk."