Beto patronizes: I may give only 0.3% of my income to charity, but hey, I’m giving you me

Beto patronizes: I may give only 0.3% of my income to charity, but hey, I’m giving you me

[Ed. – His explanation of his penny-pinching earns him the Fast on the Foot Hooey award.]

On Tuesday, appearing at a town hall at the University of Virginia, former congressman and current presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke offered a typically egocentric answer when asked why he donated so little money to charity: the audience should understand the sacrifice he’s making running for president.

The Dallas Morning News reported that Maura Nakahata, a senior majoring in chemistry with a minor in government, asked O’Rourke why if he made seven times what her sister made, she gave more money to charity than O’Rourke.

As Jenna Johnson of The Washington Post reported, O’Rourke responded loftily:

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I’ve served in office since 2005. I do my best to contribute to the success of my community, of my state, and now, of my country. There are ways that I do this that are measurable and there are ways that I do this that are immeasurable. There are charities that we donate to that we’ve recorded and itemized, others that we have donated to that we have not.

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