Beto O’Rourke may be able to balance himself atop the counter of a coffee shop, but the recently-announced presidential candidate should not be allowed to call himself a skateboarder. At least, that’s according to a satirical video posted yesterday on Twitter. Directed by Glenn Fellman and written by comedian (and skater), Jon Millstein, the ad says: “There’s a lot of things you can call Beto O’Rourke. Congressman, Texan, charismatic political sensation. But there’s one thing that we shouldn’t be calling him… Beto O’Rourke is not a good skateboarder. Not even close.”
The mock political attack ad condemns O’Rourke’s skateboarding, as a group of frustrated skaters share their criticisms of his so-called skills on the “stuntwood.” Rounding up the many cringeworthy clips of the Texas congressperson flailing around on a wobbly board, the ad proves, if nothing else, that O’Rourke is inarguably a “fakie” when it comes to shredding.
Millstein’s ad raises an important question: Is Beto even the best skater in the primaries so far? According to the definitely-not-photoshopped stills in the video, Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard, and “Bluntside Bernie Sanders” all appear to have some sick moves that could put O’Rourke to shame. Can the candidate survive this sort of condemnation so early in his campaign?
Though the skating community seems to think he’d be better off running a PacSun, many Democrats seem to think already that O’Rourke has what it takes to run this country. Like it or not, he’s quickly become a formidable figure in the race for president.
Millstein made a brief statement on Twitter following the release of the video, stating “Beto does not push mongo,” and “he is not so much as a ‘poser’ as he is an atrocious skater.” Skaters, and Americans in general, should keep up with Millstein’s campaign on Twitter to stay informed when it comes time to hit the polls in 2020.
Skate or die, Beto.