Ahead of President Donald Trump’s rally in El Paso Monday night, El Paso County handed a decision stating it’s “disillusioned” by the president’s “lies regarding the border and our community” and that he’s unwelcome in that regard.
The county handed the decision hours earlier than Trump’s “Make America Great Again” rally, slated to begin on the El Paso County Coliseum at 7 p.m. MT (9 p.m. ET). Among the “whereas” statements within the decision is one stating that “it is possible that false statements about El Paso will continue to be made” by Trump on the rally.
“El Paso is disillusioned by President Donald Trump’s lies regarding the border and our community,” the decision concluded. “And though it is difficult to welcome him to El Paso while he continues to proliferate such untruths, we do welcome him to meet with local officials to become properly informed about our great and safe region.”
The decision acknowledged that Trump, in his State of the Union handle final week, “falsely stated that El Paso was one of the most dangerous cities in the United States until the construction of border fencing.” Residents and native legislation enforcement members shortly disputed Trump’s declare after the speech. In reality, “El Paso’s violent crime rate dropped 62 percent from its peak in 1993 to 2007, a year before constriction on the fence began,” the decision states.
“We remain upset that neither the president nor administration officials have reached out to local elected officials or local law enforcement entities to correctly inform themselves about El Paso or our borderland,” the decision reads.
In his State of the Union, Trump stated that El Paso “used to have extremely high rates of violent crime” and have become one of many nation’s most secure cities solely after a barrier was erected. “Simply put, walls work and walls save lives,” the president stated. “So let’s work together, compromise, and reach a deal that will truly make America safe.”
Former Democratic congressman Beto O’Rourke, a local of El Paso, additionally contested Trump’s statements in regards to the border city after the State of the Union.
O’Rourke is about to talk on the “March for Truth: Stop the Wall, Stop the Lies” occasion beginning only a mile away from the coliseum and going down similtaneously Trump’s rally.
“We will meet lies and hate with the truth and a positive, inclusive, ambitious vision for the future from the U.S.-Mexico border,” O’Rourke tweeted on Monday afternoon.
El Paso is primarily Democratic, like the opposite massive cities in Texas, which is total principally Republican.
Activists collect on the gate close to the border crossing fence on the Tornillo Port of Entry close to El Paso, Texas, June 21, 2018, throughout a protest rally by a number of American mayors towards the administration’s household separation coverage. El Paso County handed a decision stating it’s “disillusioned” by President Donald Trump’s “lies concerning the border and our neighborhood.” BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images