But that’s exactly what happened as President Trump campaigned for his border wall last night in El Paso.
There, El Pasos former congressman and a possible Democratic 2020 presidential candidate, Beto O'Rourke, joined other locals who spoke of El Paso and neighboring Juarez, Mexico, as one community and expressed indignation over Trump's false characterization of their city as a violent one in last week's State of the Union address.With the eyes of the entire country upon us, all of us together are going to make our stand.
Referring to the protest that former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, and other El Paso leaders had organized, Trump said: “A young man who’s got very little going for himself, except he’s got a great first name… He challenged us.
His fear-mongering during campaign rallies last fall over caravans of immigrants failed to prevent a Democratic wave that cost Republicans a net 40 seats and their majority in the House.And during his State of the Union address, his incorrect portrayal of El Paso he said it had extremely high rates of violent crime and was one of our nations most dangerous cities until the government built a powerful barrier there touched a nerve among civic leaders and citizens.The El Paso County Commissioners Court on Monday approved a resolution assailing the president and his administration for misinformation and lies about a crisis situation on the U.S.-Mexico border, and noting that the federal government said no crisis exists and that fiscal year 2017 was the lowest year of illegal cross-border migration on record.Yet Trump, at the rally, denounced his critics and media fact-checkers who disputed his claims that existing border fencing had slashed crime rates in El Paso.
Right before President Trump took the stage in El Paso, the news broke that congressional negotiators reached a deal to avert a partial government shutdown over border spending.
Our community spoke in numbers.Garcia noted that residents had seen the fallout from the Trump administrations zero tolerance immigration policies firsthand, both in family separations and in asylum-seekers being turned away from border bridges and required to remain in Mexico while they await hearings.In December, two Guatemalan migrant children died in Border Patrol custody in the El Paso area after seeking asylum.Trump has created policies and strategies that have created deep wounds in our region, Garcia said.
I hate crowd size estimates (outside & dark, everyone is guessing) but here you go: TRUMP El Paso Coliseum: 6500 capacity (per FD) Outside/Overflow: 10-12k (unofficial PD estimate given to @alivitali) BETO/March for Truth: Organizers Estimate: ~7000 Pre-event estimate: 6k-9k
Crime began to rise again over the next four years, after the fencing went up.The citys Republican mayor, Dee Margo, admonished Trump after the State of the Union speech, saying during an appearance on CNN that the presidents depiction of El Paso is not factually correct.Fernando Garcia, executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights, said organizers intended the march as a community celebration rather than an anti-Trump or pro-ORourke political event.
Trump’s has previously claimed El Paso was one of the country’s most dangerous cities prior to the construction of a government-sanctioned fence dividing the city and Ciudad Juárez in Mexico.
President Donald Trump told the crowd at his rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday that he got special permission from the El Paso Fire Department to let 10,000 people inside the El Paso County Coliseum.
– “Beto O’Rourke had a wonderful rally, although about 15 people…” We’re news people, so we’ll mention the crowd estimates, per NBC’s and others’ reporting: About 7,000 to 8,000 attended O’Rourke’s protest, while 6,500 attended Trump’s rally (that’s the capacity per the Fire Department) and several thousands more Trump supporters assembled outside the arena.
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), who had previously challenged Republicans for a Senate seat, and other El Paso leaders led a counter-demonstration to Trump’s rally on Monday.
As for the substance of Trump’s remarks in El Paso, he made the case – like he did in last week’s State of the Union address – that the city’s border fencing/barrier led to a significant reduction in crime.
President Trump falsely told a raucous rally in El Paso on Monday night that he is already building a wall on the adjacent border with Mexico, as a potential Democratic challenger assailed him at a large protest nearby and, in Washington, congressional negotiators announced a tentative funding deal without the billions he demanded for a wall.Beneath banners reading Finish the Wall, Trump hailed what he called a big, beautiful wall right on the Rio Grande, though no such construction is known to be underway.