You can’t keep a streaming Beto down.
If you didn’t think livestreaming a dental appointment was mundane enough, wait til you see 2020 Democratic hopeful Beto O’Rourke stream a haircut. All 17 minutes of it.
O’Rourke has begun something of a “reboot” of his campaign, including an appearance on The View where he did a lot of apologizing, and now he’s back to doing what he does best: streaming average, everyday events like they’re political rallies.
Of course, it’s not just about a haircut, not with an election to win. O’Rourke also used the opportunity to talk about all sorts of issues, like the immigration story of his barber, Manuel, who moved to El Paso from Juárez, its neighboring city in Mexico. He also took questions from viewers about things like a potential trip to Puerto Rico and higher education.
There’s also a delightful moment a little over 9 minutes in when a random guy enters the barber shop just looking for a haircut and sorta recognizes O’Rourke, and he takes it all in stride.
“Oh, you’re, uh, the guy on TV. Is it the governor? The mayor?” the man asks.
As Beto slips back into his old habits, it’s worth remembering that it was another livestream that put him on a lot of peoples’ radar to begin with. Back in March 2017, then-Congressman Beto drove 1,600 miles from Texas to D.C. with Republican counterpart Will Hurd due to a giant blizzard that shut down airlines. The pair livestreamed large chunks of their trip on Facebook Live, answering questions along the way.
So Beto is going to keep being Beto, which is perfectly fine. As long as he stops trying to stream while he’s driving.