Texas showdown: O'Rourke, Trump hold dueling rallies over wall

Texas showdown: O'Rourke, Trump hold dueling rallies over wall

He also raised eyebrows in December when he blamed a border wall as the reason for why an increasing number of migrants have died as they illegally attempt to cross into the country.

In his State of the Union address on February 5, the president said that El Paso went from having "extremely high rates of violent crime - one of the highest in the entire country" - to being "one of the safest cities" in the U.S.

"With the president being in El Paso, it provides an opportunity to test a message that's very different than President Trump's message", communications consultant Hector Nieto said. El Paso County passed a resolution stating it is "disillusioned" by President Donald Trump's "lies regarding the border and our community". He said there would be large screens for people who could not fit in the stadium.

"The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime, one of the highest in the entire country and considered one of our nation's most risky cities".

"The president is lying to you to get his border wall", the CNN host said on his program, "The Lead with Jake Tapper", that aired before Trump held a rally in El Paso.

The president's event and the counter-protest with O'Rourke - which was organized by Border Network for Human Rights and Women's March El Paso - come as Washington barrels toward another possible government shutdown over border security disagreements.

O'Rourke, who has said he will decide whether or not he's jumping into the 2020 presidential campaign at the end of the month, became a popular Democratic candidate during 2018 as he ran to unseat Sen.

The group is marching toward a park, which is next to the El Paso Coliseum where the president is holding his rally.

Moments before leaving the White House, Trump made it clear that O'Rourke was on his mind.

Paul Steinhauser is a politics reporter based in New Hampshire.

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