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Beto O’Rourke just turned his dental work into an Instagram Story on immigration
Totally normal stuff.
On Thursday, Texas state Rep. Beto O’Rourke decided to tell stories on Instagram while a dental hygienist worked on his gums. Naturally, people were all sorts of horrified.
The former Senate candidate and possible presidential hopeful exposed his followers to his dental-work storytime as part of his Instagram Story series “Who Are the People of the Border?” in which he speaks to those who live or grew up on the Texas-Mexcian border. It took a turn when, surprise, he started recording himself while in the dentist’s chair.
“Uh so I’m here at the dentist’s and we’re going to continue our series on the people on the border,” he says. “I’m here with Diana my dental hygien-[cuts off].”
Diana, whose last name is not mentioned, then shares the story about her mother’s journey from a small town in Mexico. When her mother was studying to become a U.S. citizen, Diana says, their neighborhood in a border town really helped her out.
While Diana’s story is heartwarming, people aren’t really sure about having to see Beto’s gums.
Wait. Is this real?— axeeugene (@professoraxeman) January 10, 2019
NOT necessary— Caca de Borras (@mariocamacho82) January 10, 2019
Yeah @kasie left out he was doing a series of lives at the border. Could have done without the mouth shots, but oh well.— Chimera in a Coal Mine (@Coalminetweety) January 10, 2019
Yes. Having teeth pulled is good preparation for running for office!— Barry Kaplan (@kapbak) January 10, 2019
I voted for him and all, but ewww...— Incog Nito (@countingZs) January 10, 2019
Some are using the moment to bring up healthcare, and those who can’t afford such dental work.
Maybe we can talk about why dental and vision are separate from regular health care when we know how important both are to overall health.— Anne Wilkerson Allen (@AnnaBanana59) January 10, 2019
True, and I’d bet he’d fight to get us Universal Healthcare.— does any thing matter anymore (@HartLah) January 10, 2019
Why on earth would he do such a thing? That's gross frankly and not very sensitive to the people who cannot afford to get dental care. That explains the post I seen, Bernie never took me to the dentist. What in the actual f*ck? People have lost their minds.— 🚑Medicare For All🏥 (@jpmomof5) January 10, 2019
And here’s a meme that points out what we’ve all been thinking: How does this compare to Sen. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s social media savvy?
Sharing stories on Instagram has become more popular among politicians recently, especially since Ocasio-Cortez casually discussed politics while cooking dinner in an Instagram Story back in November. While it may be making politics more accessible, exposing your gums is probably pushing it.
Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque