Hundreds participate in counter-Trump rally in El Paso

12 February, 2019, 04:09 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • President Trump Preps for El Paso Rally

The rally will begin with new El Paso representative Veronica Escobar speaking at the rally, then the group will march to Chalio Acosta Park.

Trump is scheduled to hold a rally in El Paso on Monday to promote the wall, and O'Rourke is simultaneously planning on leading an anti-wall march.

The first dueling rallies of the 2020 election season were set to serve as a preview of a heated yearslong fight over the direction of the country.

He also raised eyebrows in December when he blamed a border wall as the reason for why an increasing number of migrants have died as they illegally attempt to cross into the country. Some sported "Make America Great Again" hats, and said they were there to show their support for the construction of a wall at the border.

In the interview with Winfrey this week, O'Rourke called Trump's push for the wall a "racist response to a problem we don't have". "How bad it that?"

"It's a stated fact that the wall has stopped crime, and it has lowered in El Paso", Sid Miller said, adding that an extended border wall is "the most humanitarian" solution to border security. But that's not true. That's despite being just across the border from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, a city plagued by drug violence.

The El Paso Times reported that this was not the case. Construction on the border fencing began in 2008 and ended in 2009, as CNN noted after Trump's claim.


Watch Tapper debunk Trump's lies in the video above. But many in the city have bristled at the prospect of becoming a border wall poster child.

O'Rourke, who has said he will decide whether or not he's jumping into the 2020 presidential campaign at the end of the month, became a popular Democratic candidate during 2018 as he ran to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz in November.

As of 2014, Federal Bureau of Investigation data show El Paso still had the third lowest violent crime rate among 35 USA cities with a population over 500,000 - just as it did before the fence was built.

Moments before leaving the White House, Trump made it clear that O'Rourke was on his mind.

"Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities", Mr. Trump said.

"I understand our competitor has a line, too, but it's a tiny little line", Trump said.

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