O’Rourke Walks Back on His ‘Take the Wall Down’ Remark: ‘There Is a Role for Physical Barriers’

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Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke showed his distaste for the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in a recent interview where he admitted he’d “take the wall down” if he could, but he’s walking back on that statement.

Now, the possible 2020 Democratic contender is admitting that “physical barriers” would work in certain areas.

During a competing rally with President Donald Trump’s first campaign stop in El Paso, Texas, O’Rourke claimed: “Walls do not save lives, walls end lives.”

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Answering Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw’s (D-Texas) question if he’d make the border walls “disappear,” O’Rourke told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes he “absolutely” would if he could.

“I’d take the wall down,” O’Rourke answered.

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However, O’Rourke clarified that he wouldn’t necessarily take the border walls down everywhere.

“I think there is a role for physical barriers in some places,” O’Rourke said, according to CNN.

O’Rourke’s comments come shortly after he was named “El Pasoan of the Year” by El Paso Inc. during a luncheon on Tuesday.

“I think there are in some places a need for a physical barrier,” he added. “Here’s what I would do: I would work with local stakeholders, the property owners, the communities, those who actually live there, to determine the best security solution.”

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While O’Rourke is unclear on how much border wall he thinks there should be, the president continues to push for more miles of wall along the southern border.

President Trump signed a national emergency on Friday in an effort to secure more funding for constructing a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — there is $1.375 billion in the border security deal, far off from his desired $5.7 billion.

As IJR Blue reported, 16 states filed a lawsuit against the president for his national emergency declaration, however, President Trump defended his decision, telling reporters, “I have an absolute right to call national security.”

“We need strong borders, we have to stop drugs and crime and criminals and human trafficking we have to stop all of these things that a strong wall will stop,” he said.

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Madison Dibble

That flip-flop didn’t take long.

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