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Chicago brewery posts Beto O'Rourke photo, triggers Facebook users

Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune on

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CHICAGO -- Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke came to Chicago on Sunday night.

He was hungry. And thirsty. So he stopped into Haymarket Pub & Brewery for dinner and a beer.

Haymarket used the unexpected opportunity to post a photo of O'Rourke with brewery co-founder John Neurauter to Facebook, along with a nod to the reason O'Rourke was in town: a Monday morning roundtable discussing gun violence.

"Thanks for stopping by @betoorourke! We're stoked to have you in for dinner this evening before your Round Table on Gun Violence tomorrow," the brewery posted Sunday night.

In an era of hyperpartisanship, certain corners of social media didn't care for the post, especially the nod to what has become O'Rourke's signature initiative of gun control and "tak(ing) away your AR-15, your AK-47," as he vowed to do during a Democratic debate earlier this month.

Wrote a woman in Oak Lawn: "Bye, bye, Haymarket. Thanks, but no thanks, for being political."


"Never stepping foot in your place again," wrote a man in Ingleside. "Btw alcohol kills more people every year than guns. Hypocrites."

(The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports 88,000 alcohol-related deaths per year. Just under 40,000 people are killed with guns annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, though another 100,000 are injured by guns, according to Every Town for Gun Safety.)

"You're actually proud to have had that clueless, opportunistic, moron in your establishment?" wrote a Chicago man. "You should stick to what you do best ... making and selling beer, before you alienate customers."

Too late, apparently.


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