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Trump vs. O'Rourke: Scenes from their dueling rallies in El Paso, Texas

Trump talks El Paso and the wall — and fact checkers responded

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.

SOURCES: Associated Press, New York Times

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Trump jabs at potential 2020 opponent O'Rourke

Trump jabs at potential 2020 opponent O'Rourke

Trump took a shot at his potential 2020 opponent, and it echoed a familiar 2016 attack: mocking crowd size.

"He has 200 people, 300 people, not too good," Trump claimed.

"A young man who’s got very little going for himself — except he’s got a great first name — he challenged us," Trump continued. "That may be the end of his presidential bid."

This number was off, according to the Associated Press, which didn't have an exact number but put O'Rourke's crowd in the thousands.

Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Epstein tweeted far larger numbers: "El Paso police estimate a crowd of 10,000 to 15,000 for the anti-Trump, anti-wall, pro-O’Rourke march and rally tonight."

INSIDER called the El Paso Police Department to confirm those numbers, but has not yet heard back. We will update as necessary.

SOURCES: Jennifer Epstein and the Associated Press

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Border security negotiations

Border security negotiations

Meanwhile, lawmakers on Capitol Hill said they reached a tentative agreement on border security funding to avoid another government shutdown.

The Associated Press reports that the bill contains "$1.375 billion to build 55 miles" of a border barrier made of steel slats.

This figure is much less than the $5.7 billion that Trump was demanding, so it's unclear if he'll take this deal.

“I don’t know what they mean progress is being made," Trump said at the rally. "Just so you know, we’re building the wall anyway."

SOURCE: Associated Press, Bloomberg News

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An anti-Trump, pro-immigrant march

An anti-Trump, pro-immigrant march

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."

SOURCE: Jennifer Epstein, Bloomberg

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O'Rourke spoke out against building a wall

O'Rourke spoke out against building a wall

"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."

SOURCE: Bloomberg

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O'Rourke spoke about his hometown of El Paso

O'Rourke spoke about his hometown of El Paso

"Here is one of the safest cities in the United States of America, safe not because of walls but in spite of walls," O'Rourke said at the rally.

He attempted to refute Trump's claims about El Paso, the wall, and crime rates in a post published on Friday on Medium.

SOURCE: Reuters

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