Trump talks El Paso and the wall — and fact checkers responded
As the Associated Press and The New York Times reported, Trump repeated several falsehoods at his rally.
"We've actually started a big, big portion of the wall today at a very important location, and it's going to go up pretty quickly over the next nine months," Trump said.
The AP points out, however, that this portion is only 14 miles long and funded by Congress last year. For context, the border is roughly 1,933 miles long — 1,279 miles of the border does not have a fence.
Trump also said that the fencing along the border in El Paso was the cause for lower crime rates in El Paso. This, The Times says, is not true.
"The El Paso Times, which analyzed three decades of statistics from the F.B.I. and the local police, found that crime peaked in 1993, with more than 6,500 violent crimes recorded," according to The Times. "It then dropped by 34 percent over the next 13 years."
Crime did go up 17% two years before, and then two years after a fence was constructed during 2008 and 2009.
While O'Rourke spoke at the opposing march and rally, it was not one explicitly for the former senatorial candidate. It was a pro-immigrant, anti-Trump rally.
"O’Rourke spoke at a rally organized by several El Paso groups, not his own team," Bloomberg New's Epstein tweeted. "And the energy was at once pro-O’Rourke and anti-Trump. Don’t have a crowd count yet but it was certainly several thousand — and it included a mile-long walk."
"We stand for America and we stand against walls," O’Rourke told the crowd, according to Bloomberg News. "We know there is no bargain in which we can sacrifice some of our humanity to gain a little more security."