Beto O’Rourke Holding Counter-Trump Rally During Trump’s El Paso Campaign Rally

Published on February 9, 2019 by Athena Pallas

President Trump, who seems to crave attention, may be less than thrilled to discover that on Monday during his campaign rally in El Paso, he will have to share focus with a counter-Trump rally headlined by Beto O’Rourke. At the same time and in the same city as Trump’s rally, there will be a counter-Trump rally featuring Democratic rising star and El Paso native Beto O’Rourke. The goal of the counter-rally, as reported by The Hill, according to a statement released by O’Rourke’s office, is, “to show the country the reality of the border — a vibrant, safe, binational community that proudly celebrates its culture, history, diversity and status as a city of immigrants”.

President Trump, on the other hand, is expected to continue his pattern of demonizing immigrants and touting his folly of a border wall as a remedy to issues, like drugs and crime, for which evidence does not support a wall as a solution. Trump, however, does not tend to look to evidence to support his claims, choosing instead to try to use fear to ramp up support for his border wall and to pander to his base. O’Rourke’s rally, on the other hand, seeks to counter those who would try to “stoke fear and paranoia, to spread lies and a false narrative about the U.S.-Mexico border”, according to The Hill:

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) will headline a rally on Monday in El Paso at the same time that President Trump is set to hold a rally there. O’Rourke will join rally-goers in El Paso to “show the country the reality of the border,” according to a statement released by his office Friday…“While some try to stoke fear and paranoia, to spread lies and a false narrative about the U.S.-Mexico border and to demand a 2,000 mile wall along it at a time of record safety and security, El Paso will come together for a march and celebration that highlights the truth,” the statement continues. O’Rourke, who is reportedly mulling a 2020 run for the White House, is a native of El Paso and outspoken Trump critic. He previously represented the district that encompasses the city. Trump’s trip to El Paso will mark his first rally of the 2020 campaign cycle as he continues his push for a wall along the southern border.

Beto O’Rourke gained nationwide attention after he came within three points of taking a senate seat away from incumbent Ted Cruz (R-TX) in a state that tends to lead far to the red, which led to widespread consideration of O’Rourke as a possible contender for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president. O’Rourke, standing up for immigrants and for his home town of El Paso, last week in an interview with the Washington Post excoriated Trump’s view on El Paso, saying, according to The Hill, “Some people have used code words, some have come at it obliquely. He (Trump) just full on, in the most racist terms, completely divorced from the truth or facts or reality or our experience here in El Paso, uses this to incite fear and paranoia and turn that to political gain.

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