EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) – Beto O’Rourke, the previous Democratic Texas congressman who’s contemplating a 2020 White Home bid, will be part of a march Monday night time to protest Republican President Donald Trump’s rally on the similar time within the border city of El Paso.
FILE PHOTO: Beto O’Rourke speaks to Oprah Winfrey on stage throughout a taping of her TV present within the Manhattan borough of New York Metropolis, New York, U.S., February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
O’Rourke, who grew to become a Democratic star in 2018 throughout his unexpectedly shut however unsuccessful bid for a U.S. Texas Senate seat, will make a speech lambasting Trump’s plans for a border wall as Trump promotes his long-promised barrier at an occasion close by.
The dueling rallies come after Trump claimed in his State of the Union speech final week border fence separating El Paso from Mexico decreased the town’s excessive crime fee.
The remarks angered native politicians, together with O’Rourke and the town’s Republican mayor, as a result of El Paso’s crime fee was far beneath the nationwide U.S. common earlier than its border fence was expanded in 2005.
O’Rourke has denounced Trump on Twitter for stoking “false concern” about immigrants and stated the town should use the president’s go to to “inform the true story concerning the border.”
“We are going to meet lies and hate with the reality and a imaginative and prescient for the long run,” he stated in a video over the weekend touting the counter rally.
O’Rourke is due to participate within the “March for Reality: Cease the Wall, Cease the Lies” occasion that may go near Trump’s venue on the El Paso County Coliseum. The previous congressman is scheduled to ship his speech at across the similar time Trump takes the stage.
O’Rourke advised Oprah Winfrey in an interview final week that he’ll make a ultimate determination about operating for president by the tip of the month. [L1N2001WQ]
He would carry fundraising and grassroots firepower to an already crowded Democratic subject hoping to tackle Trump in subsequent yr’s election. 5 U.S. senators are amongst those that have declared their candidacies and different high-profile Democrats, together with former Vice President Joe Biden, are mulling bids.
Monday’s rallies will comply with congressional negotiations on account of resume in Washington over a border safety funding plan. Talks broke down in the course of the weekend and a Friday deadline looms for lawmakers to keep away from one other partial authorities shutdown.
Reporting by Tim Reid; Enhancing by Colleen Jenkins and Dan Grebler