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Trump Lies, Claims Beto Had ‘200 People’ At Anti-Trump March. Reporters Say Thousands Marched In El Paso


Trump Lies, Claims Beto Had ‘200 People’ At Anti-Trump March. Reporters Say Thousands Marched In El Paso

President Donald Trump took several shots at former El Paso congressman and possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) as the two men held competing rallies in the Texas border city of El Paso on Monday night.

Trump falsely claimed that O’Rourke, who was holding an anti-Trump “March for Truth” less than half a mile away from the president’s rally, only drew a couple hundred people to his counter-rally.

“If you really want to see something, go outside. Tens of thousands of people are watching screens outside,” Trump told the crowd. “We were all challenged by a young man who lost an election to Ted Cruz,” Trump said speaking of O’Rourke and his rally countering Trump’s.

“And then they said, you know what, hey, you’re supposed to win in order to run. We, I, we. I’m one and one. I’m one for one. Think of it. We had one election. We won. Now we’re going to be two for 0 and everything’s gonna be perfect,” Trump said.

“A young man who has very little going for himself except he’s got a great first name,” Trump went on. “He challenged us. So we have, let’s say, 35,000 people tonight and he has 200 people, 300 people, not too good. What I would say is that may be the end of his presidential bid, but he did challenge us.”

MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake estimated that several thousand people participated in the anti-Trump “March for Truth.”

“Amazing sight in El Paso tonight as thousands of people march, in the shadow of the border fence, to protest @realDonaldTrump & celebrate this city,” Haake tweeted.

Latino Victory Fund president Cristóbal J. Alex, tweeted: “Thousands gather in El Paso to #MarchForTruth. Less than a mile away Trump is spreading lies. We won’t allow him to attack our home, immigrants, our families.”

O’Rourke told the crowd that El Paso “one of the safest cities in the United States of America. …safe, not because of walls — but in spite of walls.”

“We stand for America, and we stand against walls. We are going to make a stand,” he said at the “March for Truth: Stop the Wall, Stop the Lies” rally.

Video from the event showed some protestors repeatedly chanting “build bridges, not walls” as they marched along the border fence separating El Paso from Ciudad Juarez.

Many demonstrators held signs condemning Trump’s rhetoric on immigration. One read, “Trump made America hate again.” Another sign read, “make tacos, not walls.”


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