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Beto Leads ‘March For Truth’ Against Trump’s Lie-Filled Rally

Donald Trump held a 2020 campaign rally in El Paso Monday night in order to promote his already-dead border wall and be clapped at. In response, Beto O’Rourke led a March for Truth in the same city, ending in his own rally in which he worked to counter the various lies that the President has been pushing about the situation at the border. And everything else he’s ever talked about.

Trump started by unveiling a new slogan.

Some construction on a wall or fence may be starting in El Paso this week, depending on your sources, but Trump has not secured the funding he desired for a complete border wall, which would have cost five or six times the amount he wanted anyway. So it’s safe to say that the wall he envisioned is not going to be finished. It may not even be started.

In between lies about the wall being built and nearing completion, Trump addressed Beto’s counter-rally directly, claiming that “has very little going for himself except he’s got a great first name.” Trump then became very interested in the size of Beto’s crowd compared to his own.

The El Paso arena that is the site of Trump’s rally actually only hold a maximum of 6,500 people, but surely there are 28,500 people outside in the winter evening on a Monday watching on screens like those they have at home.

Trump should get a load of the size of Bernie Sanders’ crowds if size matters to him so much.

Meanwhile, at the counter-rally, Beto was speaking truths and painting a vision of an inclusive and loving America.

Shots of the crowd make it clear that there are far more than a couple hundred people at Beto’s event. According to White House reporter Jennifer Epstein, local police are estimating 10,000 to 15,000 at the March for Truth.

Also meanwhile, the Washington Post is reporting that El Paso officials have directly contradicted the very idea that there is a crisis at the border other than the humanitarian crisis of thousands of people fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries. They also deny that the safety found in their city has anything to do with the wall that was already built there 10 years ago (so where is Trump’s wall being built?).

“We’ve worked so hard to have the image of a solid community,” El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego told the press. “Every one of us is touched with the falsehoods that are taking place.”

Crime increased in El Paso by 17 percent for two years after it was built. El Paso officials and leaders credit good community building for any decrease in crime since then and believe that their border fence had little effect on much of anything.

“Even if you give [the] president the benefit of the doubt, the fence that was built in 2008 has made really no difference one way or the other,” said District Attorney Jaime Esparza.

CNN and MSNBC declined to air Trump’s El Paso rally. If you want a play-by-play recap of all of Trump’s lies, Toronto Star correspondent Daniel Dale did a fantastic job live-tweeting it all so that you didn’t have to watch it. Instead, watch more footage from Beto’s rally, which MSNBC did air live:

And of course, enjoy the Twitter reactions and much-needed doses of reality.