Beto O’Rourke said in a recent interview that he’s “so grateful” to Beyoncé, eschewing criticism the singer received for waiting to announce her support for the Democratic candidate until Election Day.
O’Rourke attempted to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R) in Texas earlier this month after a neck-and-neck campaign.
On Election Day ― at the end of that campaign ― Beyoncé posted a photo on Instagram of herself donning a “Beto for Senate” hat.
“I’m feeling grateful for everyone before me who fought so hard to give us all the right to have a voice,” wrote the mother of Blue Ivy. “We can’t voice our frustrations and complain about what’s wrong without voting and exercising our power to make it right.”
“She’s one of the great artists of our time, one of the best people to come out of Houston and Texas. I was grateful that she supported us — whenever it came, it was great.”
Perhaps the mutual admiration will come in handy later on, as many are saying that O’Rourke’s race against Cruz has “scrambled” the 2020 presidential primary field. As Politico put it, the “prospect of a presidential bid by O’Rourke, whose charismatic Senate candidacy captured the party’s imagination, has suddenly rewired the race.”