Donald Trump and potential Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke both held rallies in Texas on the same night in what has been described as a possible preview of the 2020 election.
The two events were held less than a mile apart in El Paso on Monday night, and as you would expect they couldn’t be any more different.
Just before the rallies got underway Democratic and Republican leaders reached an agreement to avoid another partial government shutdown by allocating $1.4bn toTrump’s border wall - far less than the $5.7bn he had demanded.
While Trump used his rally to push for the completion of the border wall, two hundred yards away O’Rourke declared that “walls do not make us safer”.
O’Rourke took to the stage before Trump and told the crowd:
We, together, we are making a stand for the truth against lies and hate and ignorance and intolerance.
A president who describes Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals, we have the chances to tell him and this country that immigrants commit crimes, including violent crimes, at a lower rate than Americans who are born in this country
.@BetoORourke in El Paso: “Walls do not make us safer.” Watch here, courtesy of @KTSMtv: https://t.co/xv7LUNpka7 https://t.co/lvi89zQpeP