O’ROURKE HOPES TO AM­BUSH TRUMP IN EL PASO

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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.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

For­mer Rep. Beto O’Rourke or­ga­nized a March for Truth to counter Pres­i­dent Trump’s MAGA rally in El Paso, Texas on Mon­day.

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