O'Rourke is scheduled to begin his remarks at 9 p.m. ET, the same time Mr. Trump is due to take the stage just half a mile away.
"With the president being in El Paso, it provides an opportunity to test a message that's very different than President Trump's message", communications consultant Hector Nieto said. "And the total fencing in the El Paso sector is about 78 miles".
The president's event and the counter-protest with O'Rourke - which was organized by Border Network for Human Rights and Women's March El Paso - come as Washington barrels toward another possible government shutdown over border security disagreements. Residents and local law enforcement members quickly disputed Trump's claim after the speech. "El Paso has never had 'one of the highest rates of violent crime in the entire country, ' according to Federal Bureau of Investigation data".
Monday, Trump heads to El Paso, where he won 25.7% of the 2016 vote and enraged everyone in a SOTU speech falsely declaring it a hell-hole of crime - a reality officials say only exists in "Sicario", given they boast one of the lowest crime rates of any big city. "Simply put, walls work and walls save lives", the president said.
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O'Rourke is set to lead a march in opposition to Trump's rally Monday night, with thousands expected to attend. Former El Paso state Representative Beto O'Rourke will be speaking at this event and one of the highlights will be the Baby Trump balloon that will be flying at the event.
"We will meet lies and hate with the truth and a positive, inclusive, ambitious vision for the future from the U.S. -Mexico border", O'Rourke tweeted on Monday afternoon. The Republican mayor of El Paso said POTUS is wrong too.
The rallies launch a crucial week for Trump as Democrats and Republicans remain locked in negotiations over border wall funding ahead of a midnight Friday deadline that could force another government shutdown.