President Donald Trump taunted failed Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday evening over the expected crowd turnout that is expected at his rally on the Texas border.
"We have a line that is very long already, I'm mean you see what's going on," Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One and flying to Texas where he will hold a rally in El Paso. "And I understand our competitor's got a line too, but it's a tiny little line. Of course (the media) make it sound like they have more people than we do. That's not going to happen."
NBC News reports that "less than a half mile away from Trump, O'Rourke, the former El Paso congressman and possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, responded at the 'March for Truth: Stop the Wall, Stop the Lies.' The march will end in a rally where O'Rourke said residents will 'celebrate our community' and 'tell the true story about the border.'"
"But we’re going there for a reason," Trump continued. "We’re going there to keep our country safe. And we don’t want murderers and drug dealers and gang members, MS-13, and some of the worst people in the world coming into our country."
"Now, Mexico has had the worst year they’ve ever had," Trump noted. "Almost 40,000 killings in Mexico this year. One of the most unsafe places, unfortunately. We need a wall. And all of the other things are nice to have. But without a wall, it’s not going to work. We can have technology, we can have beautiful drones flying all over the place, but it doesn’t work without the wall."
"Now, we need a wall," Trump concluded. "We can call it anything. We’ll call it barriers. We’ll call it whatever they want. But now, it turns out not only don’t they want to give us money for the wall, they don’t want to give us the space to detain murderers, criminals, drug dealers, human smugglers. How bad is that? Human smuggling. People think of that as an ancient art. There are more human smugglers right now — traffickers, they call them — than at any time in the history of our world, because of the Internet, unfortunately."
O'Rourke called for his supporters to join him at his event "at Chalio Acosta Sports Center around the same time the president is scheduled to take the stage at a rally in support of the wall at the El Paso County Coliseum, which is just a block away," Fox News reported.
"We need everyone to join us tomorrow evening in El Paso as we celebrate our community," O'Rourke tweeted. "The country will be watching, and it falls on all of us to tell the true story about the border."
The Trump campaign released a video on Monday that featured El Paso residents talking about the border crisis and how border barriers help reduce crime.
"These are ordinary Americans, not Washington politicians, who have seen first-hand how a border wall brought safety and security back to their community," Official Team Trump tweeted.