SAN ANTONIO — President of the United States Donald Trump held his first re-election rally of 2019 in El Paso, TX Monday, Feb. 11 at the El Paso County Coliseum. Supporters began lining up at the Coliseum as early as 8 a.m. As the line of supporters continued to grow, they were entertained by guest speakers from different support groups and a live performance from The Powell Brothers.
Before the President’s speech, guests had the opportunity to hear from his campaign manager Brad Parscale. Parscale introduced the new slogan for the 2020 campaign, “Finish the Wall” piggybacking off the 2016 slogan of “Build the Wall.” Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz also gave speeches in support of the policies the president spoke on at the State of the Union Address, as well as thanking the Texans for their support in keeping Texas a red state. Donald Trump Jr. was the last one to speak to the overly anxious crowd before his father came out. Trump Jr. gave an electrifying speech igniting the crowd into a frenzy. Trump Jr. touched on matters like the Green New Deal introduced by congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, democratic party presidential candidates, Beto O’Rourke and border security.
President Trump entered the coliseum to a thundering crowd screaming and chanting his name overpowering his entrance music as he made the walk to the podium. Once the president took his position at the podium chants of “USA” ignited throughout the coliseum. The president quickly addressed the crowd of supporters thanking them for their presence. “Today we started a big beautiful wall right on the Rio Grande; right smack on the Rio Grande,” President Trump said. The president also addressed the press where boos rained in from the crowd. President Trump continued his speech saying their agenda is not a partisan agenda, but the agenda of the American people.
The president highlighted his accomplishments with North Korea and announcing his second summit will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam on Feb. 27-28, and he is confident it will be as successful as the first summit. President Trump also said they are continuing the trade talks with China to make the country’s trade agreement with them fair and better, because “We don’t want China to have a hard time.”
The president also highlighted since his election in 2016 his administration has created 5.3 million jobs and half a million manufacturing jobs in the country. “The unemployment rates for African-American, Hispanic-American, and Asian-American have reached the lowest ever in our country and women filled 60% of positions last year,” President Trump said.
President Trump also announced that America is the number one producer of natural gas and oil with Texas being at the highest level it has ever been. The president also touched on new Veteran Affairs benefits, so veterans do not have to wait as long for medical appointments. President Trump continued to share the new bills signed like the Farmers’ Act and criminal justice reform to the overly ecstatic crowd praising all of his accomplishments with “USA” chants.
The president went on to discuss his opinions on the Green New Deal which was recently introduced to Congress, saying “I really don’t like their policy of taking away your car, of taking away your airplane flights, of let’s hop a train to California, of you’re not allowed to own cows anymore.” The president also went to on to explain the proposal being unrealistic in-regards to being able to tear down every building then rebuild them to make the buildings more environmentally friendly. President Trump went on to say he was cleared of any Russian collusion because they have not been able to find anything in the two years they have been investigating. He also stated that the real collusion was between the Democrats and Russia and the Democrats with the “fake news.”
Before moving into the hottest recent topic of border security President Trump went on to pay homage to ICE agents, border patrol, and all law enforcement agencies. He highlighted the number of arrests of illegal immigrants that have committed felony crimes by the agencies. Following these statistics chants of “Build the Wall” filled the coliseum by the crowd of M.A.G.A. supporters. President Trump explained he was told before coming on to the stage progress has been made by the committee to agree on a border security bill for him to sign. He followed up by stating “Just so you know we are building the wall anyway.”
Spectator and supporter Wanda Guthrie rode a bus from Albuquerque, New Mexico to show support and hear President Trump speak. “I want him to build the wall because I live in New Mexico and our Governor will not even go down to Hidalgo county where they’re crossing, she just goes to the port of entry and says we don’t have any problem. She even called off the national guard,” Guthrie said.
Guthrie explained she is not against immigration, but people need to follow the right steps to legally enter the United States. President Trump said, “We proudly welcome those who come lawfully and support our values in the United States and that want to strengthen our society.” He continued to say companies are moving back to America and want people to come into America the correct way. The president said illegal immigration hurts our nation’s economy by driving down wages and draining public resources. “My administration is committed to ending illegal immigration while modernizing our legal immigration system which has been in terrible shape for many many decades,” explained the president.
President Trump made it clear that immigration reform and border security are still his number one priorities. President Trump ended his speech with “We will make America wealthy again, we will make America strong again, we will make America safe again and we will make America great again.”