Trump pushes for border wall in State of the Union address
President Donald Trump is heading back to Texas this month.
He will host a Make America Great Again rally at 7 p.m. MST Feb. 11 at the El Paso County Coliseum in El Paso, according to an announcement from his presidential campaign.
“As the President continues his fight to secure our border, there’s no better place to demonstrate that walls work than in El Paso,” said Michael Glassner, chief operating officer of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. “President Trump looks forward to visiting with the patriots of Texas who are on the front lines of the struggle against open border Democrats who allow drugs, crime, and sex trafficking all along our border every day.”
This rally comes as negotiations continue between Trump and congressional Democrats about funding for the border wall the president has long promised. Trump mentioned El Paso Tuesday night during his State of the Union address.
State Rep. Cesar Blanco, D-El Paso, criticized the president’s upcoming visit.
“Trump’s political rally in El Paso is a slap in the face to our community,” Blanco said in a statement. “This was ground-zero for his family separation policies. This is where migrant children have died in the custody of his administration. As demonstrated in his State of the Union, this President is out of touch with reality.
“His fear mongering and lies have hurt our border economy and community — one of the safest cities in America, even before the wall. He lied in his national address from the oval office, he lied on his visit to McAllen, and he lied in the State of the Union. We should not be rolling out the red carpet, so he can come lie in our backyard.”
El Paso also is the hometown of former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who unsuccessfully challenged Republican Ted Cruz for his Senate seat last year. The president last year held a rally in Houston before the election to help Cruz with his re-election bid.
O’Rourke said during a recent taping of Oprah Winfrey’s TV show that he would announce whether he would run for president in 2020 “before the end of the month.”
This is the seventh rally Trump has held in Texas and the first in El Paso.