Beto O'Rourke speaks at competing "March for Truth" event during Trump rally

 cbsnews.com  2/12/2019 2:29:00 AM 

/ CBS News

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke held a rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday night, in direct competition with President Trump's own event. O'Rourke, who is considering a 2020 presidential bid and represented the border city in Congress until January, led thousands in a "March for Truth," just before Mr. Trump took the stage to rally support for his long-promised border wall.

O'Rourke told the crowd, "You make El Paso proud and you make the country proud."

Protesters chanted "No wall!" and "Viva Beto!" as they proceeded.

Thousands turned out for @BetoORourke tonight. Many hoping to hear a presidential campaign announcement it did not come. pic.twitter.com/nBvXPZnFbH

— Genevieve Curtis (@CurtisKFOX_CBS) February 12, 2019

The march's organizers said Mr. Trump's "fixation on a border wall and his distortions of life in El Paso and along the border are unacceptable. Our communities will always stand to include immigrants, oppose racism, and defend the truth."

Over the weekend, O'Rourke posted a photo to Instagram of a homemade sign, as well as a video with his daughter Molly in which he said marchers would "meet lies and hate with the truth and vision of the future from the U.S-Mexico border."

The march began at 7 p.m. ET and O'Rourke took the stage after 9 p.m., arond the same time Mr. Trump's "Make America Great Again" rally began.

Beto O'Rourke participates in a march in El Paso
Beto O'Rourke, Democratic former Texas congressman, participates in an anti-Trump march in El Paso, Texas, on Mon., Feb. 11, 2019. Reuters

First published on February 11, 2019

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