Beto O’Rourke just turned his dental work into an Instagram Story on immigration

Beto O'Rouke/Instagram

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.

Some are using the moment to bring up healthcare, and those who can’t afford such dental work.

https://twitter.com/djuba52/status/1083404150942195712

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

Samira Sadeque

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