O’Rourke, Trump hold dueling rallies over wall

By Tim Reid

EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) – Beto O’Rourke, the previous Democratic congressman contemplating a White Home run, and President Donald Trump will maintain dueling rallies in El Paso, Texas, on Monday over the U.S.-Mexico border and the president’s push for a wall.

O’Rourke, who misplaced in his bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Texas, promised to blast Trump for stoking “false worry” about immigrants and telling “lies” about his hometown El Paso, which Trump mentioned was a harmful place earlier than it had a border fence.

In a convention name with reporters, O’Rourke mentioned his counter-rally 200 yards from the Trump occasion can be a “highly effective, lovely” response to “Trump’s lies about our neighborhood, the U.S.-Mexico border, immigrants, about Mexicans.”

Trump is touring to El Paso to argue for a wall he says can defend Individuals from violent criminals, medicine and a “large onslaught” of migrant caravans.

The simultaneous rallies at 7 p.m. MST (9 p.m. EST) coincide with talks to achieve a border safety deal and avert one other authorities shutdown. The talks found Monday over a Democratic proposal to scale back allotted areas in immigration detention services for folks going through deportation.

Trump, a Republican, spoke out in opposition to the Democratic try to cap detention beds earlier than he left for Texas.

“We’re up in opposition to individuals who wish to enable criminals into our society,” he mentioned of the Democrats.


In his State of the Union speech final week, Trump mentioned the border fence separating El Paso from Mexico had decreased town’s excessive crime charge.

El Paso’s Republican mayor, Dee Margo, mentioned town had been secure for years earlier than the wall was constructed.

“We have been, I feel, the No. 2 or No. three most secure metropolis earlier than the fence went up and we progressed into No. 1,” he instructed Fox Information. “We have been considerably low on crime to start with and all the time have been.”

O’Rourke will be a part of a protest march previous Trump’s rally at El Paso County Coliseum earlier than they each communicate nearby of the border fence.

O’Rourke instructed Oprah Winfrey final week he would make a remaining choice about operating for president by the tip of the month.

He declined to debate a possible run on Monday. “I’m following the neighborhood’s lead tonight, no much less, no extra,” he mentioned on the decision.

O’Rourke would deliver fundraising and grassroots firepower to an already crowded Democratic area hoping to tackle Trump in subsequent yr’s election.

(Reporting by Tim Reid in El Paso, further reporting by Steve Holland and Tim Ahmann in Washington; Writing by Andrew Hay; Enhancing by Colleen Jenkins, Invoice Tarrant and Sonya Hepinstall)

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