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El Paso County Passes Resolution Before Trump’s Rally Saying it is “Disillusioned by President Trump’s Lies”

Published on February 11, 2019 by Athena Pallas

El Paso County, Texas, today passed a resolution expressing concern about President Trump’s lies about immigration and the border and the prospect of Trump lying again tonight at his El Paso campaign rally.  In the resolution, the El Paso officials, according to The Hill, describe being “disillusioned by President Trump’s lies” and said they find it “difficult to welcome him to El Paso while he continues to proliferate such untruths”, but reservedly “do welcome him to meet with local officials to become properly informed about our great and safe region”. In other words their hope, one a cynical person might describe as not having a chance, is that President Trump might actually bother to know and to utilize facts rather than his fearmongering, hyperbolic lies geared toward pushing his manufactured border crisis in order to gain support for his border wall.

Among the untrue things Trump has said related to El Paso is that the decrease in crime the area is seeing is related to the physical border barrier there, a decrease which Trump asserted, in his State of the Union address no less, was sudden and due to the barrier. In fact, according to The Hill, the county’s violent crime rate dropped by 62% between 1993 and 2007, but the barrier was not put into place until 2008, so the drop was not precipitous and happened before the barrier was put in place. According to The Hill:

Officials in El Paso County, Texas, passed a resolution Monday, just hours before President Trump was set to hold a campaign rally in the area, pushing back on the president’s remarks about the situation at the border. MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake posted a photo of the resolution, which states that the county is “disillusioned by President Trump’s lies regarding the border and our community.”…Trump is set to hold his first campaign rally of the year on Monday in the city of El Paso. He is expected to use the setting near the southern border to bolster support for his proposed wall. The resolution lays out a number of concerns with Trump’s rhetoric surrounding illegal immigration, particularly as it relates to El Paso. The resolution says Trump “has continuously made inaccurate claims about the United States’ southern border, including El Paso.”

MSNBC correspondent Garret Haake posted a copy of the El Paso County resolution, adding, “El Paso County passes a resolution saying it is ‘disillusioned by President Trump’s lies regarding the border and our community,’ citing past false statements and the likelihood of new ones at rally tonight.”

Haake also made a second post quoting the district attorney in El Paso as saying “the fence has made no difference whatsoever” in the crime rate since it was installed in 2008.

El Paso County, through its resolution, is standing up for the truth, standing up for facts, standing up to “President Trump’s lies”. It is important that officials do stand up to Trump and call him out on all the untrue, self-serving statements he makes.

El Paso native Beto O’Rourke is also headlining a counter-Trump rally in El Paso tonight as a counterbalance to Trump’s rally.

Featured image by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons.