On July 30th, 2019, sharing a stage in Detroit with nine other Democrat contenders for their party’s 2020 presidential nomination, Beto O’Rourke outdid himself. His finest moment came midway through the debate in response to a question about racism in America.
In a well rehearsed tirade that went well beyond his allotted time, O’Rourke – who fancies himself a cross between Jack Kerouac and Martin Luther King, with a soupçon of Che Guevara and a dash of Mother Teresa thrown in – denounced America’s entire identity, from founding to the present, as defined by violent white racists. His opening line went something like this:
“This country [dramatic pause, as if the weight of it all is too much for him emotionally], though we would like to think otherwise, was founded on racism, has persisted through racism, and is racist today.”
In another corner of America, someone was watching O’Rourke on July 30th, recording what he was saying and was about to say. This man wasn’t running for president, and he doesn’t work for a major news network. But his name is Vincent James, one of the most data driven video journalists in all of American alternative media. That attention to detail has earned James, and his channel, “The Red Elephants Vincent James,” over 290,000 online subscribers and his videos have been watched over 34 million times, just on YouTube.