He Lies (Again) and El Paso's Pissed

Minnie Murray
February 12, 2019

This will be the seventh rally President Trump has held in Texas, and the first rally he's ever held in El Paso.

Potential presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke greeted the protesters.

In an interview Monday on Fox News, the commissioner of Texas' Department of Agriculture touted the effectiveness of fencing in El Paso, saying that crime dropped significantly in the city.

'Not too good. In fact what I would do, that may be the end of his presidential bid'.

Inside, where Texas Republican leaders, led by Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Sens.

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. "And I've been watching where they're trying to say, 'Oh, the wall didn't make that much.' Well, you take a look at what they did with their past crimes and how they made them from very serious to much lesser ― you take a look at what the real system is". "It seeks emotionally to connect with us, with voters - to stoke anxiety and paranoia, to win power over "the other" on the basis of lies that vilify people". "But now it turns out not only don't they want to give us money for a wall, they don't want to give us the space to detain murderers, criminals, drug dealers, human smugglers".

Down by the border, Trump was in outsized form, firing off his dubious claims on immigration while torching Democrats with fierce new attacks on climate change and abortion.

There was debate on social media as to which rally drew the larger audience, particularly after Trump falsely claimed that there were more than 35,000 supporters at his rally.

"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.

The former congressman, who gained notoriety after running a surprisingly close midterms race against Republican Senator Ted Cruz, tweeted in response: "Our government built a border fence in El Paso in 2008, a misguided response to 9/11 (no terrorists have crossed the southern border and attacked this country)".

In a taped interview with Oprah Winfrey in NY, O'Rourke, 46, appeared to be leaning toward a 2020 campaign for the White House but said he would make his decision after consulting his wife and three children.

We will build a Human Wall if necessary.

The president has claimed that El Paso used to have "extremely high rates of violent crime - one of the highest in the country" and was one of America's "most risky cities", but that "immediately upon its building, with a powerful barrier in place", the city's crime rate plummeted. The video references the border barrier in the majority-Latino city. "We will take care of them just like they take care of us".

The rally comes at a sensitive moment for border security in the Rio Grande valley.

Negotiators in Congress say they have reached an agreement in principle to fund the government and avoid another partial government shutdown.

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