He might not but be working for president, however former Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke goes to do one thing not one of the different introduced contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination has dared to do but: Problem Donald Trump in a battle of rallies.
It’s all set to go down Monday evening on the united statesborder in El Paso, Texas, the place the president’s first marketing campaign rally of the marketing campaign season on the El Paso County Coliseum will face off towards the O’Rourke fronted “March For Reality,” set to happen at a neighborhood highschool lower than a mile away.
The face-off will probably be freighted with a significance that runs additional afield from the 2020 marketing campaign implications, because the president’s border wall calls for proceed to go unmet by Congress, threatening yet one more shutdown of the federal authorities on the finish of this week.
It was just a few days in the past that O’Rourke — whose political celeb stays vibrant regardless of having been pipped on the put up by incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) within the 2018 midterm elections — informed Oprah Winfrey in an interview that he was contemplating a run for the White Home.
However his extra fast considerations as he prepares to face off towards Trump are extra native in nature: Defending El Paso, town he represented in Congress, and debunking claims the president made throughout final Tuesday evening’s State of the Union handle.
“The border metropolis of El Paso, Texas, used to have extraordinarily excessive charges of violent crime…and thought of one among our nation’s most harmful cities,” Trump stated Tuesday evening. “Now, with a robust barrier in place, El Paso is one among our most secure cities.”
As Texas Month-to-month’s Robert Moore reported, Trump’s commentary rankled native officers, who urged political leaders in border cities to “push again aggressively on efforts by Trump and others to falsely characterize the area for political achieve.”
Reality is that El Paso has been one of many most secure cities within the nation lengthy earlier than the wall was inbuilt 2008. #WallsDontWork
— Rep. Veronica Escobar (@RepEscobar) February 6, 2019
President’s message about El Paso is a lie. El Paso was secure earlier than the border wall. The President resides in another universe primarily based on a false narrative and offensive feedback about our lifestyle. I say this as a life lengthy Republican, businessman, and proud American.
— Jon Barela (@JonBarela1) February 6, 2019
O’Rourke has joined his fellow disdainful Texans. As he specified by a put up on Medium, he desires to play a component in countering the president’s claims that El Paso “was harmful earlier than a border fence was constructed right here in 2008,” and supply America’s immigrant inhabitants one thing extra dignified than what the White Home has recently expressed. Per O’Rourke:
Past refuting his feedback about border communities like ours (El Paso was one of many most secure communities in the USA earlier than the fence was constructed right here), about partitions saving lives (actually, partitions push determined households to cross in ever extra hostile terrain, making certain higher struggling and dying), and about immigrants (who commit crimes at a decrease charge than these Individuals born right here), it’s value enthusiastic about how we acquired to this place. The way it got here to be that 11 million undocumented immigrants name America house, how we got here to militarize our border, how we arrived at such a disconnect between our beliefs, our values, the fact of our lives — and the insurance policies and political rhetoric that govern immigration and border safety.
In a chunk that reads just like the summary of a dissertation, O’Rourke goes on at size to explain the deleterious results of Trump-esque fearmongering on border communities.
Monday evening, nevertheless, O’Rourke should take his mission off the web page and onto the road — and problem Trump in a subject during which the president has historically exceeded, thrilling a crowd. It’s an enormous declare to stake so early in a presidential race nonetheless in its protoplasmic stage.
Not solely will O’Rourke be inviting a comparability between himself and Trump when it comes to stagecraft, it will likely be an early check of O’Rourke’s potential to carry the eye of the media — which took a substantial quantity of stick for the way in which it lavished consideration on Trump’s 2016 carnival act.
However, not a lot time has handed since O’Rourke — with the assistance of Willie Nelson — managed to draw out crowd of 50,000 folks in El Paso. If he succeeds on this early excessive danger gambit, getting elevated within the 2020 pre-primary pecking order is among the seemingly rewards.