Beto O’Rourke’s campaign rally in Austin, TX was a resounding success. He drew record numbers, spoke with confidence, had great artists, and sang a duet with Willie Nelson. As far rallies go, this one was pretty “lit” – as they say.
There were no tickets sold for the event like there are with most other rallies. In fact, there weren’t even entry gates set up. Beto and his team decided the event should be something any member of the public should be able to just walk up to and attend. That idea of openness and inclusivity was echoed in Beto’s words to the audience; which numbered somewhere between 50k – 60k according to most sources, making it easily the largest and most well-attended political rally since the 2016 presidential election.
O’Rourke addressed the large crowd by celebrating their diversity and welcoming them all.
“This is a campaign of people, all people, and I don’t care about the differences between us. If you’re a Republican, you’re in the right place. If you’re a Democrat, you’re in the right place. If you’re an independent, you’re in the right place. Whoever you pray to, whether you pray at all, whoever you love, however many generations you’ve been in this country or whether you just got here yesterday, we’re all in the same boat, we’re all human beings, and we’re going to start treating one another that way.”
After several speakers and performers, and with volunteers on hand to help people register to vote, Willie Nelson took the stage. The set included a new Nelson track called “Vote Em Out” – but it was Willie and Beto’s duet version of “On The Road Again” that has people talking.
You can watch it yourself here:
Twitter is enjoying Willie and Beto together.
It's just the song we need rn.
— Jus'Curious (@juskurius) September 30, 2018
Great turnout." Light up the Darkness", Willie. We Love You!#betoforTexas
— Linda Von Wegner (@LosientoIV) October 2, 2018
So happy & excited to see the momentum Beto & Willie have going!!!!! #VoteBeto
— Kimberly Jean (@Seattie) October 2, 2018
Exactly! My ❤️is there!
— StaceRN??AMERICA 1ST 4EVER! (@stacyby05716182) September 29, 2018
He may have alienated some fans but others are applauding him and love him more than ever! #BetoForSenate!
— AngieSoBlue (@Smudgeon) October 1, 2018
It remains to be seen if this enthusiasm will carry to the polls or if people were just really jazzed on a free Willie Nelson concert. Trump has promised to throw Ted Cruz an equally large rally, but there’s nothing on calendars as of yet. Since Trump’s largest rally only drew about a third of Beto’s crowd size, people have their doubts that it can be pulled off. We’ll know soon enough!