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“So, I'm here at the dentist”: Beto O’Rourke livestreams teeth-cleaning

Politics By DAVID SIDERS 01/10/2019 1:49 PM EST PM EST 2019-01-10T02: 17-0500 "So, I'm here at the dentist." Thus, Beto…



“So, I’m here at the dentist.”

Thus, Beto O’Rourke’s latest dispatch from El Paso, Texas, where the potential presidential contender filmed himself in a green bib – and with dental tools in his mouth – talking with his dental hygienist about life on the US-Mexico border.

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The unusual video, posted on Instagram, left jaws agape in Washington and elsewhere Thursday.

“Love me some Beto but this is self-parody territory,” tweeted Ana Marie Cox, founding editor of the political blog Wonkette

But the dentist visit was in keeping with O’Rourke’s practice of livestreaming virtually anything – and, more recently, of focusing attention on the lives of people living along the US-Mexico border.

Introducing viewers to Diana, his dental hygienist, O’Rourke asked what she wanted people to know about the border, as President Donald Trump continues to press for funding for a border wall.

“It’s a beautiful community,” the woman said. “We all support each other. We love each other. And it’s not what everybody else thinks badly about us. It’s actually a wonderful place to live and grow up. ”

“ We’re going to continue our series on the people of the border. I’m here with Diana, my dental hygienist. ”

O’Rourke, a former three-term congressman, is preparing for a potential presidential campaign, while the traditional courtship of donors and democratic activists in early primary states.

He has made immigration at central focus of his criticism of Trump. Earlier this week, he filmed himself on Facebook Live for about 75 minutes, visiting friends’ homes and sharing scenic views of El Paso and Juarez, Mexico, skylines.

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