Of course Trump mocked the size of O'Rourke's crowd.
Donald J. Trump, American president, went to the border town of El Paso, Texas, on Monday night for his first rally since shutting down the government last month over funding for his wall between the U.S and Mexico. Although three-quarters of Americans felt the shutdown was embarrassing for the country, the crowd at Monday night's rally showed that the president and his policies maintain strong, even rabid support among his most loyal followers.
And yet the place where Trump held the rally, El Paso, is a Democratic stronghold in a red state. Beto O'Rourke, a possible 2020 presidential candidate, represented the city in Congress until this year, following an unsuccessful Senate bid. As O'Rourke and others have pointed out, El Paso saw violent crime fall before a border fence was built. Violent crime went up after it was built, according to the New York Times. On Monday, O'Rourke held a march and counter rally at a baseball stadium nearby. He is expected to announce in the coming weeks whether he will run for president.
Michael: As a conservative, I demand an explanation of why we spend 3.5% of our GDP on defense when our NATO is only 2%? that is 67% above the target. in 2017 we spent $685B, 2% would be $388b. That suggests we're $297B above our target. We need ACCOUNTABILITY in ALL areas of the budget. it's long over due to balance our budget and FREEZE the debt ceiling. No dept can justify borrowing another dollar. There needs to be a PLAN to reduce deficits, not a 10 yr or 20yr plan. a 1-yr and 5-year plan. 1-yr plan, cut ACTUAL spending by 3%. That's $120B. 5-Yr plan - 0% increases in spending. Each of the subsequent years will avoid $100B in additional spending. In 5 years we will avoid adding $500B to the deficit. Not a huge benefit, but a start. No tax increases until 5 yrs of spending discipline can be demonstrated.