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Internet Explodes After Beto O’Rourke Announces He’s Running For President

Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman who took on Ted Cruz in 2018 and came so close to winning, has just officially announced that he will be running for President in 2020. The confirmation apparently came in via text message to an NBC affiliate.

“I’m really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents,” O’Rourke said in the text. “It’s a big part of why I’m running. This city is the best example of this country at its best.”

Also, it appears that even before this text confirmation was revealed, people who went to unsubscribe from Beto’s emails were hit with a bit of a spoiler.

The announcement/spoiler comes on the heels of a Vanity Fair photo shoot that included some gorgeous shots by Annie Leibovitz. In the corresponding interview, O’Rourke said that he was “just born to be in it,” presumably referring to the 2020 presidential race. But with this announcement, it seems possible he could have meant the White House.

Beto had also received recent press for advocating for immigrants and asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border and opposing Donald Trump’s wall, including in an opposing rally he led at the same time as one of Trump’s pro-wall events. Though he has received some criticism for holding a few somewhat conservative positions and only seeming like a good option in opposition to Ted Cruz, his speeches have been praised for their inspirational qualities.

Now, Beto is reportedly headed to Iowa to kick off his official campaign. Whether fans or not, everybody on Twitter has an opinion.

Even if you’re not a Beto fan, if you’re reading this article right now, you’ll probably enjoy how threatened the right is by the latest Democratic candidate.

Only Donald Trump is allowed to change his mind on anything. Didn’t you know?

Anyway, the most important part about this news is, of course, the dog.