Beto O'Rourke stumps and out mobilizes Trump
With the nation watching, the American public got a good glimpse of who could be the next President of the United States
On Monday, Trump brought his divisive theatrics to build a wall of hate to the border city of Texas, El Paso. With just a few days before another potential government shutdown coupled with Congressional leaders in D.C. burning the midnight oil to hammer out a deal that would avoid locking out 800,000 federal workers, Trump used this rally at El Paso County Coliseum to pressure Congress to support his $5 Billion in border funding. Remember, Trump campaigned in 2016 saying he would make Mexico pay for it. Like most of his campaign promises, he was once again unable to deliver and the red hats don't seem to mind, nor care.
While Trump was grandstanding to a dismal crowd of 6,500 supporters, former Congressman and 2020 Presidential contender Beto O’Rourke were leading a march and rally of 15,000 looking for a better answer to border security and immigration policy. Speaking at the “March for Truth Rally” outside of the tiny venue that Trump was speaking at, Beto was greeted by thunderous applause from the crowd that traveled far and wide to testify to onlooking media that a Wall is not the answer. It was obvious who those people wanted to be the next President of the United States; Beto O'Rourke.
The march was organized by community groups to push back against the narrative that Trump is spewing that El Paso is only safe thanks to a border wall. Speaking at the same time as Trump and so close that the crowd could hear Trump’s hate over the loudspeakers, Beto O'Rourke offered a different vision for our country.
“With the eyes of the country upon us. All of us, together, are going to make our stand,” said O’Rourke. “Here in one of the safest cities in the United States of America, safe not because of walls but in spite of walls. Secure because we treat one another with dignity and respect, that is the way we make our country and communities safe.”
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— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) February 12, 2019
Throughout his speech, which he delivered in both English and Spanish, Beto was interrupted by cheers and people chanting “Beto, Beto” as they held signs saying “Beto 2020.” The rally definitely felt like a kickoff to his Presidential campaign and offered the first side by side glimpse between the old, angry looking Trump and the exuberant, positive and youthful looking Beto. Before speaking, Beto told Politico that the rally marked him getting “back in the mix” after taking a few weeks after the election to ponder his future in politics and to speak with his family about running for President.
The rally represented a needed contrast and alternative, a juxtaposition between four more years of hate, anger and division and Beto’s message of rationality and unity. At the rally, Trump even called out Beto and in the process elevated the former Congressman to an even more national level. Beto is expected to announce his run for President by the end of the month, potentially setting up many more opportunities to take on Trump and his failed vision for America.
Watch the video put out by Draft Beto below and witness what voters and constituents in Texas are feeling about a man who could reasonably become the next President of these United States.