Beto O’Rourke, a/k/a The Psychedelic Warlord
As a teenager, Beto O’Rourke was a member of the computer hacker group Cult of the Dead Cow, named after a shut-down Lubbock slaughterhouse. The group “is notorious for releasing tools that allowed ordinary people to hack computers running Microsoft’s Windows”. According to O’Rourke the group include female members; although it was rare for such groups in that era to contain any female hackers. O’Rourke has admitted that he stole long-distance phone service during his teen years in order to use his dial-up modem. O’Rourke wrote numerous poems and other texts for Cult of the Dead Cow under the pseudonym “Psychedelic Warlord”, a name taken from a 1974 rock song by the band Hawkwind. Pieces P. Warlord authored during this period included sexual themes and random violence.
More recently, he has styled himself as a champion of press freedom, tweeting last October: “The press is not the enemy of the people but the best defense against tyranny.” It is now August, and with his poll numbers falling in the Democratic presidential primary, P. Warlord has decided that he is entitled to abuse members of the press who cannot be relied upon to provide favorable coverage. P. Warlord’s campaign ejected a reporter from a speech at Benedict College, a historically black college, on Tuesday afternoon. It almost certainly was a racially motivated action.
Several minutes after the 3:00 p.m. event had been scheduled to begin, a campus police officer approached this reporter and told him to leave. A member of the Warlord’s campaign staff, who said his name was “Steven” was dressed in skinny jeans and a pastel shirt (he would not give a last name). “Steven” said that the reporter was being ejected for being “disruptive” at past events. With the reporter’s gaydar needle pegged, “Steven” threatened that he either leave voluntarily or be “officially uninvited” from campus, suggesting arrest.
The only interaction between the reporter and P. Warlord was a question during a press gaggle on Monday when he asked the Democratic presidential hopeful whether misquoting Trump’s comments on riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 was consistent with P. Warlord’s pledge to “heal” and not “inflame” divisions in this country. “Steven” offered that questions like this are “just bad energy” that needs to be “purged.”
During a town hall that aired on MSNBC last year, P. Warlord was asked by a college professor what he would do to protect press freedom. He said: “If we don’t have a free press, if we cannot make informed decisions at the ballot box, if we can’t hold people like me accountable, and make sure that we’re held honest to the promises that we made, to the job that we’re performing in these positions of public trust, we’ll lose the essence of our democracy and the best defense against tyranny.” The college professor responded, “Isn’t a well-armed citizenry as described in the 2nd Amendment the best defense against tyranny?”
The Psychedelic Warlord first turned purple then vaporized, only to reappear in El Paso.