DETROIT—In a frantic message dispatched to tens of thousands of supporters midway through Tuesday night’s debate, the campaign of presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke reportedly sent out an email with the subject line “FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DONATE, BETO’S DYING UP THERE.” “Oh Jesus, please, please, please—Beto’s in WAY over his head, and he really needs your help!” read the header from the digressive, 1,500-word email, which featured a photograph from the debate that showed a visibly panicked O’Rourke above the caption “This is a complete trainwreck.” “Even a few dollars can make a difference. They’re wiping the goddamn floor with him up there, and we’re going to need every penny we can get to make up for what’s happening tonight. Ugh, this is so hard to watch…Send your donations! We’re begging you!” At press time, sources confirmed the campaign had sent a follow-up email that consisted entirely of the words “oh fuck” repeated three dozen times.

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