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Home | News | Election Center: Vote2020 | Beto O’Rourke to march, speak against border wall during Trump rally in El Paso
U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, flanked by U.S. Sens. Tina Smith, D-Minnesota (left), and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, spoke to the press after touring a tent city that held thousands of immigrant children in Tornillo on Dec. 15, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri: O'Rourke/REUTERS/Yuri Gripas: Trump

Beto O’Rourke to march, speak against border wall during Trump rally in El Paso

Beto O’Rourke is not shying away from the spotlight as President Donald Trump prepares to hold a rally in the El Paso hometown of the former congressman and potential presidential candidate.

On Monday evening, O’Rourke will lead a march through the city and then speak at a “Celebration of El Paso” event at 7 p.m. local time — across the street from Trump’s rally and at the same time it is set to begin, according to O’Rourke’s team. The events, which will feature music and other speakers, are intended to highlight El Paso’s strength as a binational community — and push back against Trump’s long-sought border wall.

The rally comes as O’Rourke nears a decision on whether to join the Democratic race to challenge Trump in 2020 following a closer-than-expected loss to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in November. On Tuesday, O’Rourke promised a 2020 decision by the end of the month.

Earlier Monday, O’Rourke will join his successor in Congress, Rep. Veronica Escobar, for a conference call to “denounce Trump’s campaign rally in El Paso and his fixation on a racist and useless border wall,” organizers said. And on Friday evening, O’Rourke returned to his favorite blogging platform — Medium — to offer a prebuttal to Trump’s trip.

“Monday we will welcome the president to one of the safest cities in the United States,” O’Rourke wrote. “Safe not because of walls, and not in spite of the fact that we are a city of immigrants. Safe because we are a city of immigrants and because we treat each other with dignity and respect.”

Author:  PATRICK SVITEK – The Texas Tribune

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  1. #MAGA = MUELLER AIN'T GOING AWAY!

    Three years ago on February 17,2016 God sent Pope Francis to visit Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua Mexico!
    It was a very devine day for the entire border region, as Pope Francis journey from the Juarez airport to a special place called El Punto. From there he got off his motorcade, faced North towards El Paso and blessed our city.
    Today is a much worst case scenario for the border region! Satan is sending Donald Trump to El Paso to do his recruiting for him. And those in attendance tonight at the El Paso County Coliseum are the recruited dumb ignorant morons. Many in attendance don’t even know that Donald Trump hates them because of their color of their skin as he will lie to them again and again.
    Besides that it’s a hate rally promotion,as the sheeple march and pay tribute to the pagan Donald Trump,their orange fat racist CON ARTIST fake Dotard.
    SAD!

    • Little Bobby Francis is pro-illegal alien
      Little Bobby Francis is anti Texan
      Little Bobby Francis is against border security
      Little Bobby Francis would like to remove the existing wall
      Little bobby Francis wants open borders
      A vote for Little Bobby Francis, the burglar and DUI guy is anti-American

      • #MAGA = MUELLER AIN'T GOING AWAY!

        Did they let you out early today from the daycare nursery for baby tots little fat boy mad mikey?
        What do you know about anti American when you happen to be of Russian dog breed! so childish like a moron stooge and a liar too!

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