El Paso will fill the El Paso County Coliseum to capacity and beyond for President Trump on Monday night, and the president has tweeted that he expects many more outside.
His popularity is at an all-time high, according to Rasmussen’s daily presidential tracking poll on Monday. His State of the Union speech last week was approved of by 76 percent of Americans, and 72 percent approved of his plans for handling the border crisis.
But, according to the mainstream media, neither Trump nor his message of protecting the border and the communities that lie along it with barriers are welcome.
“El Paso braces for Trump rally, as another border community deflects images of unsafe city,” read the headline on Rick Jervis’ story on USA Today, which focused on comments from the founder of Women’s March El Paso.
“Nervous Republicans looking toward 2020 hope Donald Trump’s El Paso visit helps, not hurts,” read the headline on Gromer Jeffers’ story in the Dallas Morning News.
“O’Rourke rips Trump’s ‘lies’ ahead of El Paso visit,” read the headline at The Hill. The headline referred to Robert F. ‘Beto’ O’Rourke, the Democrat former congressman from El Paso who left office to challenge Ted Cruz for the U.S. Senate but lost.
O’Rourke, who is part of a counter-rally planned for the same time as Trump’s, accused the president of “racist, inflammatory rhetoric” in a piece he wrote for Medium on Saturday.
The New York Times approached this by finding five people to criticize Trump’s approach but only one to support it.
“Ahead of President Trump’s scheduled rally in this West Texas city aimed at building support for his proposed wall on the border with Mexico, people from across the ideological spectrum in El Paso had a message for him on Sunday: Don’t speak for us,” wrote Simon Romero of the New York Times in “El Paso’s Message for Trump Before Rally: Don’t Speak for Us.”
The mayor of El Paso and the head of the Borderplex Alliance, an economic development group in the area, both took issue with Trump for saying El Paso was made much safer by the construction of walls there in the mid-2000s.
The new Democrat congresswoman from there – who replaced O’Rourke, who ran for Senate but lost to Ted Cruz – says Trump needs to apologize.
There is “tension surrounding Mr. Trump’s planned visit to El Paso on Monday” and it is “revealing political fissures,” Romero wrote. El Paso is 80 percent Hispanic, so it “was already hostile ground for Mr. Trump,” who took just 26 percent of the vote there but nevertheless won the state handily.
Ken Paxton, Texas’ attorney general, told Trump on a previous visit had said the 131 miles of fencing whose construction began during the George W. Bush administration but was completed under President Obama in 2011 had taken El Paso from one of the most dangerous cities in the United States to one of its safest.
PolitiFact, the liberal fact-check operation, said this was not true because not all 131 miles of border fencing are in El Paso – something no one asserted.
And this all comes “at a time of ratcheting tension in Texas over the treatment of Latino voters by Republican state officials, who in January called into question the citizenship status of nearly 100,000 voters. County officials found that the list of voters, which was referred to by Mr. Paxton in a campaign fundraising email with the headline, ‘VOTER FRAUD ALERT,’ actually included scores [out of 100,000] of naturalized citizens.”
And that’s not all, the Times reported. “There has been rising opposition” to Trump’s policies along the border – from Democrat politicians, including the governors of New Mexico and California and the city council of Nogales, Ariz.