The Fox & Friends co-hosts don’t want to hear about Beto O’Rourke’s “huge library.”
While discussing the former Texas congressman’s bid for the 2020 presidency — and the splashy Vanity Fair cover story helping announce it — Brian Kilmeade took issue with the magazine reporting on O’Rourke’s extensive book collection.
“Vanity Fair has a huge article and feature on [O’Rourke]. Almost as if they helped launch his campaign,” Kilmeade said. “They point out he has this huge library — as if it’s a big plus that he reads books. We would assume that.”
The irony of that comment — from a network that supports Trump, who infamously doesn’t read books — was not lost on many who sounded off on social media.
Fox “News” prefers someone illiterate who “reads” coloring books.🙄pic.twitter.com/AvBByAA37N
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) March 14, 2019
Breaking: Fox News hates that Beto O’Rourke read books and has a huge library 🙄 https://t.co/F7nyhm20JQ
— LB (@LBforyouandyou) March 14, 2019
— Ira Madison III (@ira) March 14, 2019
Just like Beto O'Rourke, I read alot and have a big library. If this makes us bad well then we are bad. At least we are MUCH SMARTER than the Trump clan and all his Wankmaggots.
— David Winter @hateTrump (@DavidWi28787943) March 14, 2019
The Vanity Fair piece noted that the O’Rourkes have a “floor-to-ceiling bookshelf” in their living room with a “a section for rock memoirs” (not a shock for the former punk rocker), but also “a sizable collection of presidential biographies, including The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro. The books are “arranged in historical order,” the story says, and “the biographies suggest there’s been some reflection on the gravity of the presidency. But there’s also some political poetry to it, a sense that O’Rourke might be destined for this shelf. He has an aura.”
The article also talked about a book O’Rourke’s wife, Amy, was reading: Becoming, by Michelle Obama.
O’Rourke, 46, threw his hat in the presidential ring on Wednesday when he told an El Paso radio station he was running. The Vanity Fair piece followed later that day and by Thursday morning he had made his campaign official on social media.
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
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