O’ROURKE HOPES TO AMBUSH TRUMP IN EL PASO
Whenever President Trump hosts a Make America Great Again rally, it is a given that protesters will also appear — whether they are pro-immigration, anti-gun or diehard Hillary Clinton feminists. Mr. Trump’s MAGA gathering in El Paso, Texas, on Monday is no exception, and it comes with plenty of power. The event officially marks the beginning of his 2020 presidential campaign and is meant as a clear demonstration of “how much Americans demand the wall,” Mr. Trump said in an email.
This time, however, the protester is none other than former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Lone Star Democrat and a potential rival in the 2020 race who has organized something called March for Truth: Stop the Wall, Stop the Lies with the help of Democratic state and local elected officials and 36 activist groups, including the Women’s March, Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Our Revolution Texas, Voto Latino, Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee and Mexicanos En Exilio, to name just a few.
“Wear white. Bring a positive poster. Dress warm. Try to carpool or use rideshare. Join us for a peaceful and vocal event,” the organizers advise, noting that their gathering — essentially staged just across the street from the Trump rally — will also include five bands and some 60 musicians.
Part of their theme revolves around Mr. Trump’s reference to El Paso in his very well-received State of the Union address, suggesting it had been a dangerous city before a “powerful barrier” had gone up — but has since emerged as one of the safest cities in the nation.
“The response to the president’s focus on El Paso is drawing new attention to Beto O’Rourke,” reported local radio station KXAN. “The speculation is over whether the former congressman will join the race for the Democratic nomination for president. Oprah Winfrey tried to get a definitive answer from O’Rourke during an interview last week. O’Rourke told her he’s thinking about it, and plans to make a decision before the end of the month.” He appears to be practicing a few presidential postures.
“We will meet lies and hate with truth and a vision for the future,” Mr. O’Rourke says in a video message released Sunday, noting that “the eyes of the country are on El Paso.” In addition to the March on Monday, Mr. O’Rourke also will conduct a news conference, accompanied by immigration activists.
A lot of eyes will also be on Mr. Trump as well. C-SPAN will cover his Texas rally beginning at 9 p.m. EST. In addition, Fox News prime-time host Laura Ingraham will conduct an exclusive live interview with the president following the event, to air about 10 p.m. EST.
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke organized a March for Truth to counter President Trump’s MAGA rally in El Paso, Texas on Monday.