Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) took his hysteria about the wall and turned it up to ten during a counter-event to President Donald Trump’s rally in El Paso, Texas.
While the president was making his case for the wall during his first 2020 campaign event, O’Rourke was a few blocks away hosting his own event for those who don’t support Trump’s agenda. During his speech, O’Rourke claimed “walls end lives.”
“We know that walls do not save lives. Walls end lives." Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke countered President Trump's claims of a border wall benefiting the U.S. at a rally in El Paso, Texas pic.twitter.com/Gws3NBH7Zz
— TIME (@TIME) February 12, 2019
“We know that walls do not save lives. Walls end lives. In the last ten years, more than 4,000 children, women, and men have died trying to come to this country to work jobs that no one will take, to be with a family member, to flee horrific brutality and violence and death in their home countries.”
O’Rourke followed up his claim that “walls end lives” by stating that migrants crossing the border into the U.S. illegally are forced to go to treacherous parts of the border. They are forced to go to the treacherous parts of the border because those parts do not have a border wall and are easier to illegally cross.
He also claimed that the United State was safe “in spite of walls,” instead claiming that mutual respect keeps America safe.
El Paso, Texas pic.twitter.com/SsxZeNw1MJ
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) February 12, 2019
“Cities in the United States of America are safe, not because of walls, but in spite of walls. Secure because we treat one another with dignity and respect. That is the way that we make our communities and our country safe.”
Some found O’Rourke’s comments to be absurd and hypocritical because El Paso has a wall.
Beto: "We know that walls do not save lives, walls end lives." Meanwhile, here's the wall protecting his hometown of El Paso. pic.twitter.com/6CsukcyjQo
— jon gabriel (@exjon) February 12, 2019
.@BetoORourke just says words…
"Walls do not save lives. Walls end lives."
— Harlan Z. Hill (@Harlan) February 12, 2019
Don Trump Jr. in El Paso hitting Beto O'Rourke: “I’d be more impressed if he had the guts to go do his rally on the Juarez side, on the other side of the wall!"
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) February 12, 2019
While El Paso Police stated that there were between 10,000 and 15,000 people in attendance for his speech, President Trump was also in town. The president’s team even trolled O’Rourke’s crowd by putting up a big screen of Trump’s speech right over his shoulder.
The Trump campaign played Trump's rally on the big screen behind Beto O'Rourke as O'Rourke gave his speech
In this clip, you can see Trump coming out on stage to give his speech pic.twitter.com/9Nyb2VP2Hj
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 12, 2019
Reporters also claimed that the noise from Trump’s crowd was audible, despite the event being a quarter mile away.
O’Rourke speaks and Trump rally music is audible coming from a quarter mile away pic.twitter.com/poJrTNAOGC
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) February 12, 2019
Although O’Rourke hasn’t made a decision about running for president in 2020, this event had all the elements of a campaign rally. His team has reported that O’Rourke will make a 2020 decision by the end of the month.