President Donald Trump’s stop in El Paso last night contained a lot of memorable moments with lots of cheers, boos, chants of “USA” and, just in case you forgot it was a Trump rally, a few insults thrown toward his political opponents.
This time, the target was failed Texas Senate candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, who just so happened to be holding a rally not far from Trump’s. The two were both focusing on the border, with Trump making his case for the wall, and O’Rourke making the opposite appeal.
It would appear the people chose which line they wanted to be in.
Before Trump had left for the rally on Air Force One, he gave a press conference describing the scene in El Paso as the people awaited his arrival.
“We have a line that is very long already, I’m mean you see what’s going on,” said Trump, “and I understand our competitor’s got a line too, but it’s a tiny little line.”
“Of course (the media) make it sound like they have more people than we do. That’s not going to happen,” added Trump.
Trump taunts Beto: "We have a line that is very long already, I'm mean you see what's going on. And I understand our competitor's got a line too, but it's a tiny little line. Of course [the media] make it sound like they have more people than we do. That's not going to happen." pic.twitter.com/puTLJXwLcU
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 12, 2019
According to Trump’s Campaign Manager Brad Parscale, O’Rourke’s line was indeed tiny compared to Trump’s as those showing up to see the President speak dwarfed Ted Cruz’s defeated opponent by thousands.
It looks like Beto only has 900 guests at his so called March, tiny! We have over 35000 in attendance. 8000 inside and tens of thousands in the parking lot and streets. @realDonaldTrump had 70,000+ RSVPs and thousands couldn’t make it. #winning
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) February 12, 2019
O’Rourke’s counter-rally was focused on the “true story about the border,” which apparently only around 900 people considered to be the real story. In showing, that definitely makes Trump’s line far longer than Beto’s.
We need everyone to join us tomorrow evening in El Paso as we celebrate our community. The country will be watching, and it falls on all of us to tell the true story about the border. https://t.co/RHsqqvWJX7
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) February 11, 2019
O’Rourke has recently slipped from 3rd to 4th in the Democratic polls in terms of who Democrats want to see run for President, having been unseated by Kamala Harris.