Beto O'Rourke to speak at competing "March for truth" event during Trump rally — are living updates

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke held a rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday nighttime, in direct competitors with President Trump's own experience across the road at an enviornment. He informed the group it's time to "reveal the country that there's nothing to be terrified of when it comes to the U.S.-Mexico border." Cheers from Mr. Trump's lovers can be heard on the counter-protest.

"The judgment of background is calling back at this second," the previous congressman said. He has been mulling a 2020 presidential run, and many in the crowd yelled for him to announce his candidacy. but O'Rourke said best, "here is where we make our stand."

Police did not give professional estimates on O'Rourke's crowd size, nevertheless it gave the impression to exceed 5,000, in contrast to Trump's estimate of a few hundred.

"partitions don't store lives, partitions end lives," O'Rourke noted, citing the hazard to asylum seekers who're rejected with the aid of the U.S.

Trump O'Rourke Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks to a crowd inside a ball park throughout the highway from the place President Trump became protecting a rally inner the El Paso County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas, on Mon., Feb. eleven, 2019. AP

O'Rourke, who represented the border city in Congress unless January, led thousands in a "March for actuality," just earlier than Mr. Trump took the stage to rally help for his long-promised border wall.

O'Rourke told the group, "you make El Paso proud and also you make the country proud."

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

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

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

Over the weekend, O'Rourke posted a photograph to Instagram of a homemade signal, in addition to a video with his daughter Molly in which he mentioned marchers would "meet lies and hate with the actuality and imaginative and prescient of the longer term from the united statesMexico border."

The march started at 7 p.m. ET and O'Rourke took the stage after 9 p.m., around the identical time Mr. Trump's "Make america great once more" rally all started.

The linked Press contributed to this report.