Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

President Trump Preps for El Paso Rally

President Trump Preps for El Paso Rally

The pro-Trump activists carried American flags and chanted "Trump, Trump, Trump" and "U-S-A" as they held hands and staged the "wall".

In his State of the Union address on February 5, the president said that El Paso went from having "extremely high rates of violent crime - one of the highest in the entire country" - to being "one of the safest cities" in the U.S.

The Make America Great Again rally will take place in El Paso, Texas on Monday at the County Coliseum.

El Paso, Texas, Mayor Dee Margo said hours before President Donald Trump is due to visit his city that Trump was wrong to claim a border barrier was responsible for El Paso's drop in crime.

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The demonstration came just two days before President Donald Trump's visit to El Paso, Texas for a rally on Monday. Trump's rally, hard by the "successful border fence", will be met by the Baby Trump blimp and a galvanized March For Truth and Celebration of El Paso featuring Beto O'Rourke, who often cites the contributions of immigrants to his city.

In response to his statement, Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar wrote to Trump asking him to apologize to the residents of the city - which she represents - for his comments. The former congressman is scheduled to deliver his speech at around the same time Trump takes the stage.

"These distortions about our vibrant community are harmful to our reputation and degrade our spirit", Escobar wrote.

O'Rourke, who has been seen as a possible contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, avoided calling the president by name as he announced he was joining the march, which a constellation of nonprofit organisations, including Border Network for Human Rights and Women's March El Paso, are supporting.

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