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Beto O’Rourke Expresses Concern That Rural America ‘Can’t Go on Tinder’ and ‘Find that Special Person’

“In Texas we have problem with broadband in rural communities,” he said. “You may have that in Iowa as well, where farmers and ranchers and producers literally cannot get online. Where people can not start businesses in their hometown or finish their education after high school because they can’t get on online.”

“They can’t go to Tinder and find a date tonight to find that special person who’s going to make the difference in their lives,” he continued. “I want to make sure every American has that opportunity.”

by Anonymousreply 2303/14/2019

I was too fixated on his "spazz hands" (and donald you'd best attribute me) to listen to his message this morning.

by Anonymousreply 103/14/2019

There, ladies and gentlemen, is a man with a plan.

Not necessarily one that will get him elected, but a plan nonetheless.

by Anonymousreply 203/14/2019

Definitely need rural broadband. Get them integrated idea-wise.

by Anonymousreply 303/14/2019

Ugh! Hyperbolic and cartoonish. Pete gives me the calm and "love language"(as someone mentions in another thread) that I can listen to. I will NOT spend the upcoming election cycle listening to SHRILL from anyone.

by Anonymousreply 403/14/2019

Hughesnet, Viasat...

by Anonymousreply 503/14/2019

He should have mentioned Grindr. DL's professional victims are offended.

by Anonymousreply 603/14/2019

R4. You are a gay man so of course you like Pete.

by Anonymousreply 703/14/2019

R7 not so ..his message is not about "gay" . His breadth of knowledge of all things political is actually quite astounding and his voice of reason is rarefied. Tryin glistening sometime

by Anonymousreply 803/14/2019

What is this bullshit that rural Americans "can't get online"? I've heard it for years from Urbanites who haven't left Manhattan in 20 years. Some people will fall for anything.

Transient, nomad herders in the most isolated regions of third world countries get "online'" with phones. This sounds like some nonsense "cause" campaign started because someone could be making mad $$$$ for getting 5G up and running across The US but they need government subsidies to make it happen.

by Anonymousreply 903/14/2019

OMG. What a fucking idiot.

by Anonymousreply 1003/14/2019

This was a good strategy - get noticed with the second part of the quote so that the rural business part of the quote can be the substance.

I think he'll really do well when he starts his cross country town halls. All he'll need is a few viral quotes like the one he did about the national anthem and he's got it made.

by Anonymousreply 1103/14/2019

He's a bit over-animated when he speaks (almost ripe for SNL parody) and he needs to slow down a bit when speaking.

by Anonymousreply 1203/14/2019

It was a JOKE LINE — following several very legitimate examples of rural Americans who can't make a better living because they can't get online.

JESUS CHRIST, YOU TROLLS — BEGONE!

Bernie Bros, go jack off to your fan fiction of Bernie and Jane banging. Russians, go finger yourselves to fake nudes of Jill Stein.

by Anonymousreply 1303/14/2019

Is there an emoji for cringe? Seriously, Beto.

by Anonymousreply 1403/14/2019

I like him, but I swipe left when I see him online

by Anonymousreply 1503/14/2019

R8.I have no interest in listening to pete. I like beto.

by Anonymousreply 1603/14/2019

He's cute but if he's going to make his rounds across The US with the sincere belief that Wyomingites don't know what The Internet is, he'll probably come across as a little patronizing.

by Anonymousreply 1703/14/2019

Beto may turn out to be as bad as Joe Kennedy III.... a boy Wonder of pure hype.

by Anonymousreply 1803/14/2019

Meanwhile, in the real world: until last year, my mother in Texas was using satellite internet. It was the only option for her and was slow as fuck. Too slow to stream anything, in fact. She had Verizon cell coverage but it was spotty and the unlimited use package for data was (still is) outrageously expensive. She was on a plan that offered 2 GB and that was over $100/month. With a data cap, you cannot stream much of anything unless you want to be gouged for going over. Verizon finally built a tower in her part of the county this past year. She can now get reliable cell coverage but only through Verizon or one of the prepaid services that uses Verizon network. Again, this was just within the last few months, years after those in more urban areas had the same ability. Verizon is the ONLY service provider, too, and they charge a premium for their services. To use my T-mobile phone, I have to stand on her back porch and even then it is hit or miss. It's only been during the last few visits that I had a chance of getting service.

The point being that continuous high speed internet is still in its build-out phase and is NOT widely available. She only lives 5 miles outside of a town of 15,000 that does offer broadband via cable. The cable company just doesn't run service beyond the city limits. Building out those connections is something that the government should be doing, just like we invested heavily in rural electrification during the last century. People in rural areas understand this problem. He is wise to talk about it.

by Anonymousreply 1903/14/2019

R18: You posted this in the other thread. No one believes you. STOP NOW!

by Anonymousreply 2003/14/2019

An Idiocracy wont have an actual Prez Camacho, it will be this guy, born on third base and throwing out signed baseballs to the idiots in the stands who don't know that he's never even learned to play.

And yeah, he will run. He's taken more AIPAC money than anyone at his age and standing in history. Yeah I said it, Zionists of DL. Suck it.

by Anonymousreply 2103/14/2019

Beta's dog is depressed and humiliated by this guy.

by Anonymousreply 2203/14/2019

Thanks, Beto! Looking forward to my second term!

by Anonymousreply 2303/14/2019
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