U.S. President Donald Trump took purpose at former Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke at a rally in El Paso, Texas on Monday night time, minutes after O’Rourke held a rival rally a number of hundred metres away.
O’Rourke narrowly misplaced his 2018 bid for a U.S. Senate seat to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, a proven fact that Trump highlighted to the assembled crowd.
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“We’re all challenged by a younger man who misplaced an election to Ted Cruz,” Trump stated to cheers from supporters.
Trump additionally boasted that what he claimed was his 35,000-strong crowd dwarfed the turn-out at O’Rourke’s occasion. He stated “200 individuals, 300 individuals” confirmed up at O’Rourke’s rally, earlier than revising his estimate to “about 15 individuals” somewhat later in his speech.
Actually, a number of thousand individuals attended O’Rourke’s rally, whereas the El Paso County Coliseum the place Trump held his rally has a capability of 6,500, authorities told the El Paso Occasions.
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O’Rourke is tipped as a possible contender for the 2020 presidential elections, however Trump suggested the previous congressman to shelve any presidential ambitions, saying the 46-year-old has little or no going for him “besides he’s acquired a terrific first title.”
Trump additionally used the rally to make his case for a border wall that he stated will defend Texans from criminals, drug sellers and a “super onslaught” of migrant caravans.
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His speech got here shortly after O’Rourke accused the president of mendacity about his hometown of El Paso by saying it was a really harmful place earlier than it had a border fence.
“Right here is without doubt one of the most secure cities in the USA of America, protected not due to partitions however regardless of partitions,” O’Rourke informed supporters.
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Certainly, El Paso’s Republican mayor Dee Margo stated that the town was protected for years earlier than the wall was constructed.
“We had been considerably low on crime to start with and at all times have been,” Margo informed Fox Information.
Previous to his speech, O’Rourke joined a march with hundreds of individuals demonstrating towards Trump’s border wall.
As Trump and O’Rourke sparred in El Paso, congressional officers in Washington stated they reached a tentative deal on border safety funding to avert one other partial authorities shutdown.
An aide stated that the deal didn’t embrace the $5.7 billion that Trump is demanding for the border wall, nevertheless.
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Trump didn’t carry up the deal throughout his El Paso rally.
— With information from Reuters
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