Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke is joining a protest march past President Donald Trump’s border wall rally in El Paso on Monday evening.

O’Rourke said he sees it as an opportunity for the city to take control of the narrative.

“I think the president’s decision to focus on El Paso and his horrible demonization and vilification of immigrants, specifically Mexican immigrants, and his desire to make us afraid of the border can work to our advantage,” he told the El Paso Times. “In other words, as he comes down here and as he referred to El Paso in his State of the Union speech, the eyes of the country are literally on us and will be even more so on Monday.”

The protest march is being organized by former Rep. O’Rourke, Rep. Veronica Escobar, Women’s March El Paso, the Border Network for Human Rights and dozens of local organizations.

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Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke broke months of near-silence about his political future on Tuesday during a taping of a show with Oprah Winfree in New York. (Feb. 5)




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