aside There Was A Showdown Scheduled At The El Paso Corral, A Border Town On 2/11/19

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On the evening of the 11th of February 2019, the republican President Donald Trump is scheduled to conduct one of his campaign style rallies to tout his claims as to how his demands for funding his SW border wall, is crucial for keeping out the criminal element embedded within the refugee migrant families from Central American countries who have been legally seeking US asylum.

President Trump has frequently made the claim about how the city of El Paso in Texas has become one of the US safest cities after its southern wall was built. The problem with this presidential assertion is that both the current GOP and the former Democratic Party mayors strongly dispute it.

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MAYOR DEE MARGO

As per a 2/8/19 USA Today report, “El Paso mayor: Despite Trump’s State of the Union claim, our relations with Mexico thrive” by El Paso’s Mayor Dee Margo, ,”We in El Paso, Texas, are a community that transcends the border. While some are concerned about our proximity to Mexico, we choose to celebrate it. While others embrace building a wall, we remind them a fence already exists.”

“Our community has consistently been ranked as one of the safest in the United States.Though President Donald Trump, in his recent State of the Union address, claimed that the border fence is the reason for these accolades, it is not the full picture.”

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“Our city police’s community-relations efforts and the cooperation between our law enforcement agencies contributed to making our city a safe place to live and work before border fencing was put in place. In fact, between 1996 and 2006, the number of reported violent crimes fell by more than 34 percent. “

“Construction on the border fencing in El Paso did not start until 2008 and it was completed by mid-2009. The barrier between El Paso and Juarez, Mexico, has appeared to act as a deterrent for nonviolent crime, but it is our community’s investment in our public safety and the dedication of our law enforcement agencies that continue to keep us safe.”

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REP. BETO O’ROURKE/ PRESIDENT TRUMP

Meanwhile, within a mile, a hometown, possible Democratic Party 2020 US presidential contender, former US Rep. Beto O’Rourke will be hosting his own rally, to counter President Trump’s claims about the need for his wall at the US SW border.

The former US Rep. Beto O’Rourke has become a Democratic Party rock star as he came close to upsetting the 2018 reelection of the GOP US Senator Ted Cruz in the State of Texas where President Trump won in huggge numbers.

Can you imagine this evening’s (2/11/19) split TV screens showing both President Trump’s and El paso’s own, Rep. Beto O’Rourke rallies! This should prove to be quite the showdown.

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Here’s the rest of the story…

On February 11, 2019, Michael Tackett of the New York Times penned the following report, Trump and O’Rourke Face Off in El Paso Over Wall”

Excerpt:

“President Trump’s confrontations with potential Democratic challengers in 2020 have mostly been limited to sniping on Twitter. But Monday night in El Paso, he will engage in his most direct conflict with a possible rival — former Representative Beto O’Rourke, a native of the city that shares a border with Mexico.”

“Mr. Trump’s rally in El Paso is his most significant since the midterm elections that delivered the House of Representatives to Democrats. It will provide the president with a backdrop that he will use to again argue for a border wall to stop what he said is a surge of crime and drugs being brought into the country by migrants seeking illegal entry.”

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

The Democrats do not want us to detain, or send back, criminal aliens! This is a brand new demand. Crazy!

“If immigrants are good for the country, the border is secure and walls end lives instead of saving them, then why does the president try to scare us about immigrants and the border and take our land to build a wall we don’t need?” Mr. O’Rourke said on Twitter.”

“Mr. O’Rourke has also used Twitter to make his own case, fact by fact, that Mr. Trump’s argument is flawed and inaccurate.”

Beto O’Rourke

@BetoORourke

We need everyone to join us tomorrow evening in El Paso as we celebrate our community. The country will be watching, and it falls on all of us to tell the true story about the border. https://cbs4local.com/news/local/beto-orourke-to-speak-at-march-celebration-while-president-trump-holds-rally-02-09-2019 

Beto O’Rourke to speak at march, celebration while President Trump holds rally

Former U. S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke will speak at a march at the same time President Donald Trump will be holding his campaign rally at the El Paso County Coliseum on Monday. O’Rourke’s office released…

cbs4local.com

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“Mr. Trump is scheduled to begin speaking at a Make America Great Again rally at the El Paso County Coliseum at 7 p.m. Mountain time (9:00 Eastern Time). Mr. O’Rourke and his supporters will meet up at Bowie High School at 5 p.m., then march to Chalio Acosta Sports Center, about a 1/2 away. He will also begin speaking at 7 p.m.

During his State of the Union address last week, Mr. Trump falsely cited El Paso as an example of a city where building a wall worked to deter crime.

“The border city of El Paso, Tex., used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest in the entire country, and was considered one of our nation’s most dangerous cities. Now, immediately upon its building, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of the safest cities in our country,” he said.

But before the border barriers were completed in El Paso, in 2008, the city had the second-lowest violent crime rate among more than 20 similarly sized American cities. In 2010, after the fence construction, it retained its ranking. Also, El Paso was never one of the most dangerous cities in the US.”

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O’ROURKE

“Mr. Trump relishes political combat and this is the first time in the 2020 election cycle that he will be on a dueling, if separate, stage with a Democrat who may try to unseat him. Mr. O’Rourke told Oprah Winfrey that he would made a decision about running for president by the end of February.”

“It seems a near certainty that Mr. Trump will try to counter the protest in El Paso and its unofficial leader, Mr. O’Rourke. How frontally he criticizes the former congressman, and whether he tries to brand him with a derogatory nickname will be measures of how seriously he takes Mr. O’Rourke’s potential candidacy.”

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“Mr. O’Rourke is the near opposite of the president in tone. During his losing senate campaign (in 2018), he offered himself as candidate who could bridge divides and wanted to go beyond convenient party labels. That modulated approach is seen as part of his larger appeal. He was able to attract donations nationwide and build a following even as he lost his race.”

“Now he will face a different test in an opponent whose first instinct is to fight.

Link to report and video: Trump and O’Rourke Face Off in El Paso Over Wall

4 comments

  1. Gronda, if Beto O’Rourke sticks to facts, he will be way ahead of Trump. Instead inventing a problem far behind its magnitude, we might want to address as a nation:
    – the fact farm bankruptcies are well-up over the previous year due to ill-conceived tariffs
    – the debt is rising along with the deficit
    – the sea levels and temperature is rising with global warming, as forest fires, droughts, stalling weather patterns and water shortages become more pronounced
    – the ACA still needs stabilizing – the fact the GOP lost an election on this issue should mean some action is warranted
    – the economy is starting to show signs of slowing with China’s slowing and Italy in a recession (Brexit will be even more harmful not just for the Brits)
    – the shutdown was as poor stewardship as could be found

    Beto may want to brag on Texas huge investment in wind energy, as the nation’s leader. He may want tout how immigration is accretive to the US economy.

    Or, he could argue with Trump about a wall that won’t solve much, nor will be built with so few funds. This wall is a $60 billion issue, not a $5 billion one. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      Fortunately, Beto O’Rourke is not known for being confrontational. As you said there are so many serious issues that he can raise without ever referring to the President just down the road.

      But this will be a clear opportunity for the country to see how Mr. O”Rourke’s style compares with President Trump in substance and in delivery.

      I find it hard to believe that he won’t be bragging on Texas.

      I’m wondering if Senator Cruz will join up with president Trump.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. By going to Beto’s territory, Trump is basically daring Beto to tangle with him. Which I find very odd. Beto has been very quiet these last few months, and the extent to which he can still draw the big crowds will be watched carefully. Tonight will be an interesting night.

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  3. Dear TokyoSand,

    Whoever works on these events for President Trump will be working overtime to make sure that he has a huge audience and that they prepare photos that show the crowds.

    He isn’t popular in El Paso, so most of the crowd will come from outside the area.

    But if the split screens show Beto O’Rourke’s crowds as being larger in number, there will be hell to pay.

    Like you said, this will make for an interesting evening.

    Hugs, Gronda

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