Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a potential rival for President Donald Trump in the 2020 general election, will speak during an event intended to outshine the president’s El Paso rally.
O’Rourke, who gave up his congressional seat in an unsuccessful effort to unseat Texas Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in last year’s elections, made the city’s safety and the need for immigration reform a major focus of his campaign.
The president’s rally is scheduled to begin at the same time.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Cruz plan to be with Trump at his campaign-style rally, according to aides for the state leaders.
O’Rourke said he sees Trump’s campaign rally as an opportunity for the city to take control of the narrative.
“I think the president’s decision to focus on El Paso and his horrible demonization and vilification of immigrants, specifically Mexican immigrants, and his desire to make us afraid of the border can work to our advantage,” he said in an interview with the El Paso Times. “In other words, as he comes down here and as he referred to El Paso in his State of the Union speech, the eyes of the country are literally on us and will be even more so on Monday.
“He’s offering us a chance to tell our story, and we’re going to take that chance, all of us,” O’Rourke told the Times.
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