Trump holds campaign rally in El Paso

Trump holds campaign rally in El Paso

"Hopefully we'll get a chance to visit and talk about and see firsthand what the border really looks like and how we are so closely intertwined, for nearly 400 years, between El Paso and Juarez", Margo said.

"El Paso braces for Trump rally, as another border community deflects images of unsafe city", read the headline on Rick Jervis' story on USA Today, which focused on comments from the founder of Women's March El Paso. The sheriff: "Trump continues to give a false narrative".

"Residents insist the city's biggest dangers are potholes, the new cheese at Chico's Tacos and the name of their city in Trump's "racist mouth", and vow, "!No Mames!" - no fucking way.

"With the eyes of the country upon us, all of us together are going to make our stand here in one of the safest cities in America, " O'Rourke said as music and cheers from Trump's rally blared onto the field.

In fact, several thousand people attended O'Rourke's rally, while the El Paso County Coliseum where Trump held his rally has a capacity of 6,500, authorities told the El Paso Times.

Both are speaking in El Paso.

The President, during last week's State of the Union, claimed "the border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime - one of the highest in the country, and considered one of our nation's most unsafe cities".

Yet "the wall is being built and at a very fast pace", Trump claimed.

President Trump drew an estimated 16,000 people to his rally in El Paso on Monday - claiming victory in his battle with Democratic upstart Beto O'Rourke.




Mr Trump agreed to reopen the Government last month for three weeks to allow congressional negotiators time to find a compromise on funding for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends on September 30, to avert another shutdown.

His speech came shortly after O'Rourke accused the president of lying about his hometown of El Paso by saying it was a very unsafe place before it had a border fence.

The disagreement over funding the wall on the border ended up in the longest government shutdown in December-January.

A half-hour into his own rally, however, Trump had scarcely mentioned immigration, offering just a passing suggestion that those chanting "Build the Wall" switch to "Finish the Wall".

O'Rourke ran in one of the most high-profile Senate races in 2018, narrowly losing to incumbent Republican Sen.

Trump's rally is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. MT (9 p.m. ET), and the president is expected to speak about the need for a border wall.

President Donald Trump charged ahead with his pledge to build a wall at the U.S. -Mexico border, skimming over the details of lawmakers' tentative deal that would give him far less than he's been demanding and declaring he's "setting the stage" to deliver on his signature campaign promise.

'He challenged us. We have say 35,000 people tonight, and he has, say, 200 people, 300 people.

Trump said fencing through the city had dramatically reduced crime by separating it from the troubled Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez, just across the border. "Now it's part of the process for border security, but it's not the total panacea".

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