Beto dental work memes

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

Totally normal stuff.


Samira Sadeque


Published Jan 10, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 9:48 pm CDT

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. 

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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.

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“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.

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

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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?

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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.

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*First Published: Jan 10, 2019, 12:57 pm CST