Flailing Democratic presidential candidate Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke claimed on Friday that every Texan he talked to who owned an AR-15 told him that they were fine giving up their weapons in the name of public safety. He also claimed on Friday that a man who he described himself as a "lifelong Republican" approached him at a urinal and told him he was completely right about guns.
O'Rourke, who has been mired in the low-single digits in polling in spite of raising and spending huge amounts of money, sought to reverse his fortunes in the most recent presidential debate by staking out a position as the most anti-gun candidate on stage by saying, "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15."
During a Friday interview with MSNBC host Joy Reid, O'Rourke claimed that he kept running into Texans who told him, in weirdly specific terms, that they agreed with his gun proposals and also with his reasons for making them.
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During the interview, O'Rourke claimed, "But even from those Texans who own AR-15s, they've told me this themselves: 'I don't need this. I don't need it to hunt. I don't need it to protect myself. It was fun to use. I like taking it out to the range, but if giving this back or cutting it to pieces or selling it to the government helps to keep us safer, then by all means let's do it,'"
O'Rourke also related a widely mocked anecdote on Friday in which he claimed that a person who described himself as a "lifelong Republican" approached him while he was using a urinal and claimed that he was totally right about guns.
Of course, this isn't the first time O'Rourke has made claims of questionable believability regarding conversations that allegedly happened to him while he was using a urinal. For example, in April he claimed that a University of Iowa student approached him at a urinal at his own campaign event and didn't recognize him.
Of course, O'Rourke's claims that he keeps running into Texans who agree with him on his gun policies are suspiciously at odds with, well, the odds. After all, a solid majority of Texans do NOT favor making gun laws more restrictive, or banning semiautomatic weapons like the AR-15, according to polling. Which means that either O'Rourke has tremendous luck in terms of who he is running into, or that he is perhaps not being completely forthcoming with the truth.