Officials in El Paso County, Texas, passed a resolution just hours before President Trump was set to hold a 2020 campaign rally in the area, accusing Trump of pushing “lies” about the situation at the border.
MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake shared a photo of the resolution, which states that the county is “disillusioned by President Trump’s lies regarding the border and our community.”
“Though it is difficult to welcome him to El Paso while he continues to proliferate such untruths, we do welcome him to meet with local officials to become properly informed about our great and safe region,” the resolution says.
El Paso County passes a resolution saying it is “disillusioned by President Trump’s lies regarding the border and our community,” citing past false statements and the likelihood of new ones at rally tonight. pic.twitter.com/cjtXEkyTOS
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) February 11, 2019
The resolution says Trump “has continuously made inaccurate claims about the United States’ southern border, including El Paso.”
It also calls out Trump’s State of the Union speech from Tuesday, when he falsely claimed that El Paso’s violent crime rate dropped precipitously after a barrier was built along the border.
According to Politifact, the “violent crime rate went up — not down, as Trump claimed — after the construction of a border fence in the region.”
The resolution also correctly noted that the county’s violent crime rate dropped 62 percent from 1993-2007, and that a fence wasn’t installed until 2008.
El Paso Mayor Dee Margo (R) said over the weekend that he would “absolutely” correct Trump if he repeated a false line about crime in the city.
Trump, who is set to hold his first campaign rally of the year on Monday in the city of El Paso, is expected to make a pitch for his long-promised border wall.