Ever since U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke roared into our lives on a skateboard, in the laundromat, and via Whataburger-adjacent branding, the internet meme-verse has enjoyed a torrid love affair with the former punk rocker turned Senate hopeful. So it's entirely natural that even after U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz narrowly defeated the El Paso congressman Tuesday night in his bid for reelection, O'Rourke's supporters turned to social media to express their grief.
And when we say grief, we're not kidding—some folks seem to have taken the news harder than others.
"ted cruz defeats beto o'rourke for senate in texas" pic.twitter.com/2TZ1bEtnOU— //mark (@capnsquishy) November 7, 2018
beto deserves all the love and happiness in the world. texas didn’t deserve this woke king pic.twitter.com/or7kEk6FH7— sam (@_samanthavalle) November 7, 2018
BETO DESERVES THE WORLD AND YALL COULDNT EVEN GIVE HIM TEXAS pic.twitter.com/v2H8mJ3itY— stephanie (@sistaheadphanie) November 7, 2018
Even Beyoncé—the teflon-coated Houston celebrity who can usually do no wrong—managed to catch some flak for her eleventh hour, Election Day endorsement.
beyonce really waited until 4pm on election day to publicly endorse beto .. girl pic.twitter.com/cIv0JtmcLQ— maría (@maria_omfg) November 7, 2018
Then the hashtag #Beto2020 started trending almost immediately after the race was called for Cruz—although not all were ready to move on so quickly.
i’m hibernating until it’s time to vote beto potus... see y’all in 2020 pic.twitter.com/XEpZfsd8Xh— chlo (@ChloeKemp__) November 7, 2018
beto in 2020 coming to run for president pic.twitter.com/LrNULVmbGf— samantha (@kissylangdon) November 7, 2018
10/10 would recommend this mute pic.twitter.com/y30KGdfNFE— Meghan Morris (@MeghanEMorris) November 7, 2018
And of course, then there was O'Rourke's impassioned concession speech, which got a little too...colorful for national television.
The congressman has yet to signal plans for future office—if any—but we'll be standing by waiting for it to hit our timelines.