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First elected official of the night is @JohnCornyn, who’s up for re-election in 2020. pic.twitter.com/FGorLCBdPs
Senator John Cornyn was the first speaker to take the stage prior to President Trump’s appearance tonight.
Cornyn sought to get the crowd excited by thanking them for their support for Senator Ted Cruz during the midterm election in November and by making mention of the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Border Security requires of physical barriers, technology and “boots on the ground”, Cornyn told the crowd, and Trump is listening to Border Patrol instead of “the media and the far-left.”
Among other topics Cornyn referenced is the number of conservative judges confirmed to federal courts, and lauded the tax cuts passed at the end of 2017.
Cornyn asked the crowd to remain vigilant ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
“We cannot get complacent,” he said. “(Senator) Chuck Schumer and (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi have their sights on Texas. I need your support next year. President Trump needs your support next year.”
With Beto O’Rourke leading the counter-march to President Trump’s rally in El Paso, Texas, there were plenty of raised eyebrows about what this bit of community organizing meant in terms of a potential 2020 presidential run.
Many of his supporters at the march shouted and chanted for his candidacy, on which the former congressman said he’s still undecided.
Someone on stage just said something about a new president. The crowd broke into chants of “Beto.” O’Rourke gave a sheepish smile to whoever is behind him. pic.twitter.com/K1kpnQMyxN
But O’Rourke seemed to deflect questions about his political future on Monday, choosing instead to focus on the issue at hand.
Just caught up with @betoorourke as he headed into his rally here in El Paso. Asked him if this was the start of a 2020 run and he said “no, no we are here to follow the lead of this great community and make sure the country sees us at our best.“ pic.twitter.com/aWsONeOzg2
.@BetoORourke: “I am so proud of what El Paso is doing right now. We have decided that no one will tell our story but us, and that story is powerful, it’s positive — it is the truth in face of these lies.” pic.twitter.com/PY1UgjXJuE
.@BetoORourke marching pic.twitter.com/nyUUjosmBo
The El Paso County Coliseum was quickly filling up for President Trump’s first rally of 2019.
Attendees filed into the arena under giant red-and-white signs reading, “Finish the Wall.” Shortly after the national anthem played, they began chanting, “Build the wall!”
Local Trump supporter Cody Perkins told the Guardian that he was he excited by the president’s visit, Trump’s first official visit to the city ever. He hoped that the main focus of the rally would be on immigration and the potential government shutdown over border wall funding.
Meanwhile, a counter protest was taking place in the vicinity of the Coliseum. Organizers for both events have told attendees to respect those with different views and not to engage in any physical altercations.
Rally organizers pre-recorded a message that stated that first amendment rights are a priority but emphasized the rally is a private event and protesters will be escorted out.
With just a few hours to go before President Trump’s rally in El Paso, protesters and supporters have gathered with signs and chants.With just a few hours to go before President Trump’s rally in El Paso, protesters and supporters have gathered with signs and chants.
On media call, Fernando Garcia of Border Network for Human Rights says organizers expect 6,000 to 9,000 people at march to protest @realDonaldTrump’s El Paso rally. Weather may impact turnout; currently windy and chilly (by El Paso standards.On media call, Fernando Garcia of Border Network for Human Rights says organizers expect 6,000 to 9,000 people at march to protest @realDonaldTrump’s El Paso rally. Weather may impact turnout; currently windy and chilly (by El Paso standards.
Rough head count is well over 850 people in line waiting for doors to open for President Trumps’ rally. Line is growing bigger and bigger rapidly. #TrumpElPaso pic.twitter.com/CNWvl1dIVwRough head count is well over 850 people in line waiting for doors to open for President Trumps’ rally. Line is growing bigger and bigger rapidly. #TrumpElPaso pic.twitter.com/CNWvl1dIVw
Counter rally beginning, 1 mile from Trump rally. Several thousand people attending. @USATODAY @elpasotimes #TrumpElPaso pic.twitter.com/jgFJe4auZFCounter rally beginning, 1 mile from Trump rally. Several thousand people attending. @USATODAY @elpasotimes #TrumpElPaso pic.twitter.com/jgFJe4auZF
More chanting at the counter-rally. #TrumpElPaso pic.twitter.com/6v2CXWhofQMore chanting at the counter-rally. #TrumpElPaso pic.twitter.com/6v2CXWhofQ
At ⁦@BetoORourke⁩ counter rally the presidential hype is growing. These buttons for sale outside Bowie high school #TrumpElPaso pic.twitter.com/0gRNDsCxRUAt ⁦@BetoORourke⁩ counter rally the presidential hype is growing. These buttons for sale outside Bowie high school #TrumpElPaso pic.twitter.com/0gRNDsCxRU
@TrumpElPaso Christie Buckley of Fort Hood Texas was the first person in line to get into the Trump rally. She arrived at 5:30 a.m. pic.twitter.com/e7VrFzvQxw@TrumpElPaso Christie Buckley of Fort Hood Texas was the first person in line to get into the Trump rally. She arrived at 5:30 a.m. pic.twitter.com/e7VrFzvQxw
As President Trump prepared to speak at the border Monday in another expected call for a wall to curtail illegal immigration, Governor Gavin Newsom defended his decision to withdraw national guardsmen from the California-Mexico border, saying that “this whole border issue is manufactured.”As President Trump prepared to speak at the border Monday in another expected call for a wall to curtail illegal immigration, Governor Gavin Newsom defended his decision to withdraw national guardsmen from the California-Mexico border, saying that “this whole border issue is manufactured.”
We’re live with @GavinNewsom as he discusses moving @theCAguard personnel from the border & redeploying them to focus on the actual threats California faces, not the White House’s manufactured crisis. #CaliforniaForAll https://t.co/bcd5KJB0xBWe’re live with @GavinNewsom as he discusses moving @theCAguard personnel from the border & redeploying them to focus on the actual threats California faces, not the White House’s manufactured crisis. #CaliforniaForAll https://t.co/bcd5KJB0xB
“The crisis on the border is a manufactured crisis and we are not interested in participating in this political theater,” Newsom said in a press conference. “We are living in a state and in a nation where people that are here without documentation commit crimes at a substantially lower level than native-born citizens. We have families that are crossing the border that are doing so legally through the asylum process. We have 550,000 people fewer without documentation in this state than we did a decade ago.“The crisis on the border is a manufactured crisis and we are not interested in participating in this political theater,” Newsom said in a press conference. “We are living in a state and in a nation where people that are here without documentation commit crimes at a substantially lower level than native-born citizens. We have families that are crossing the border that are doing so legally through the asylum process. We have 550,000 people fewer without documentation in this state than we did a decade ago.
“This is pure politics. Period. Full stop. The rest is frankly just a lot of misdirection and a waste of everybody’s time. We’re just not going to participate in it. We’re not interested in perpetuating this.”“This is pure politics. Period. Full stop. The rest is frankly just a lot of misdirection and a waste of everybody’s time. We’re just not going to participate in it. We’re not interested in perpetuating this.”
About 360 guardsmen are currently stationed at the border, though the number changes from day to day, Newsom said. He planned to leave 100 at the border to combat drug and guns trafficking, and redeploy the remaining 260 “to more appropriate venues and to more appropriate purposes” such as wildfire abatement.About 360 guardsmen are currently stationed at the border, though the number changes from day to day, Newsom said. He planned to leave 100 at the border to combat drug and guns trafficking, and redeploy the remaining 260 “to more appropriate venues and to more appropriate purposes” such as wildfire abatement.
Cliff Sims, the former White House communications aide who wrote a tell-all about life working for President Trump, is suing the president, alleging that he used his campaign organization to selectively enforce nondisclosure agreements to silence or punish former employees, the New York Times is reporting.Cliff Sims, the former White House communications aide who wrote a tell-all about life working for President Trump, is suing the president, alleging that he used his campaign organization to selectively enforce nondisclosure agreements to silence or punish former employees, the New York Times is reporting.
Mr. Sims was a White House aide from the beginning of the administration. But it was the campaign organization that filed an arbitration claim against him last week, accusing him of violating the nondisclosure agreement he signed with it during the 2016 presidential race with the publication of his book, “Team of Vipers,” last month.Mr. Sims was a White House aide from the beginning of the administration. But it was the campaign organization that filed an arbitration claim against him last week, accusing him of violating the nondisclosure agreement he signed with it during the 2016 presidential race with the publication of his book, “Team of Vipers,” last month.
The White House had dozens of people sign such agreements at the beginning of the president’s term. But those agreements are widely seen as likely unenforceable. In the suit, Mr. Sims says he does not recall whether he signed one when he came to the White House.The White House had dozens of people sign such agreements at the beginning of the president’s term. But those agreements are widely seen as likely unenforceable. In the suit, Mr. Sims says he does not recall whether he signed one when he came to the White House.
Mr. Sims’s lawsuit alleges that Mr. Trump “is seeking to impose civil liability against Mr. Sims through application of NDAs that apply to information Mr. Sims learned solely during his federal service.”Mr. Sims’s lawsuit alleges that Mr. Trump “is seeking to impose civil liability against Mr. Sims through application of NDAs that apply to information Mr. Sims learned solely during his federal service.”
Trump was unhappy with the book, just as he was with Omarosa Manigault Newman’s tell-all - according to the New York Times, the lawsuit noted that he had attempted to enforce the nondisclosure agreement against her as well, but he did not do so against Sean Spicer, or Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, three former aides who wrote books that the president “found flattering and therefore not objectionable.”Trump was unhappy with the book, just as he was with Omarosa Manigault Newman’s tell-all - according to the New York Times, the lawsuit noted that he had attempted to enforce the nondisclosure agreement against her as well, but he did not do so against Sean Spicer, or Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, three former aides who wrote books that the president “found flattering and therefore not objectionable.”
Ahead of President Trump’s rally in El Paso tonight, the county judge and commissioners court passed a resolution stating that the Trump administration has “disseminated false information to local officials across the nation regarding its perceived need for border security funding priorities.”Ahead of President Trump’s rally in El Paso tonight, the county judge and commissioners court passed a resolution stating that the Trump administration has “disseminated false information to local officials across the nation regarding its perceived need for border security funding priorities.”
El Paso County passes a resolution saying it is “disillusioned by President Trump’s lies regarding the border and our community,” citing past false statements and the likelihood of new ones at rally tonight. pic.twitter.com/cjtXEkyTOSEl Paso County passes a resolution saying it is “disillusioned by President Trump’s lies regarding the border and our community,” citing past false statements and the likelihood of new ones at rally tonight. pic.twitter.com/cjtXEkyTOS
With all the attention on Representative Ilhan Omar’s apology for comments that were by condemned House Democratic leaders as antisemitic, some have raised questions over why President Trump and Donald Trump Jr. are not being similarly taken to task by Republicans for making jokes about the Trail of Tears and genocide against Native Americans.With all the attention on Representative Ilhan Omar’s apology for comments that were by condemned House Democratic leaders as antisemitic, some have raised questions over why President Trump and Donald Trump Jr. are not being similarly taken to task by Republicans for making jokes about the Trail of Tears and genocide against Native Americans.
House Democrats condemned Illhan Omar. But when asked on CNN on Sunday about "joking references to genocide against Native Americans" from President Trump Cheney declined to comment and instead attacked Elizabeth Warren.https://t.co/yH9Ot3hb0LHouse Democrats condemned Illhan Omar. But when asked on CNN on Sunday about "joking references to genocide against Native Americans" from President Trump Cheney declined to comment and instead attacked Elizabeth Warren.https://t.co/yH9Ot3hb0L
Savage!!! Love my President.Savage!!! Love my President.
A post shared by Donald Trump Jr. (@donaldjtrumpjr) on Feb 9, 2019 at 3:44pm PSTA post shared by Donald Trump Jr. (@donaldjtrumpjr) on Feb 9, 2019 at 3:44pm PST
This from the person who opposes her own sister’s right to marry and thinks Trail of Tears jokes from the President are just fine. Spare me.This from the person who opposes her own sister’s right to marry and thinks Trail of Tears jokes from the President are just fine. Spare me.
Your defense is that he’s too uneducated to have made this offensive remark?Also, can you imagine if another president admitted to not knowing what the Trail of Tears was?By your logic, his ignorance has become normalized/expectedLastly, then why did he capitalize ‘trail’?? https://t.co/VRaD2z2zMcYour defense is that he’s too uneducated to have made this offensive remark?Also, can you imagine if another president admitted to not knowing what the Trail of Tears was?By your logic, his ignorance has become normalized/expectedLastly, then why did he capitalize ‘trail’?? https://t.co/VRaD2z2zMc
Trail of tears massacre is part of Native American genocide perpetrated against millions of indigenous people.Mocking this shameful episode is a hateful trope. When will newly “enlightened” Republicans denounce their so-called President?PHONIES. https://t.co/QnyvkEAprTTrail of tears massacre is part of Native American genocide perpetrated against millions of indigenous people.Mocking this shameful episode is a hateful trope. When will newly “enlightened” Republicans denounce their so-called President?PHONIES. https://t.co/QnyvkEAprT
Hey all, Vivian Ho on the west coast, taking over for Ben Jacobs. Buckle up - it’s going to be long night with both President Trump and Beto O’Rourke hosting rallies in El Paso.Hey all, Vivian Ho on the west coast, taking over for Ben Jacobs. Buckle up - it’s going to be long night with both President Trump and Beto O’Rourke hosting rallies in El Paso.
Representative Ilhan Omar issued an apology for comments that were widely condemned as antisemitic.Representative Ilhan Omar issued an apology for comments that were widely condemned as antisemitic.
CNN will host a town hall with Senator Amy Klobuchar next Monday in New Hampshire.CNN will host a town hall with Senator Amy Klobuchar next Monday in New Hampshire.
Articles of impeachment will not be filed yet against Virginia lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax, who is facing two different allegations of sexual assault.Articles of impeachment will not be filed yet against Virginia lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax, who is facing two different allegations of sexual assault.
Donald Trump will hold his first rally of 2019 later tonight in El Paso.Donald Trump will hold his first rally of 2019 later tonight in El Paso.
Questions are being raised about a new MRE “meals ready to eat” pack distributed to troops. The image on the front is said to look like a silhouette of Donald Trump sitting with Kanye West.Questions are being raised about a new MRE “meals ready to eat” pack distributed to troops. The image on the front is said to look like a silhouette of Donald Trump sitting with Kanye West.
The Iowa Democratic party has unveiled its new process for running the caucuses in 2020. There are some key changes including the addition of an absentee element to the caucuses.
A number of staffers for Virginia lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax have resigned.
Two of Fairfax’s three staffers on government payroll as well as two staffers at his political action committee have moved on after the allegations of sexual assault against Fairfax.
Former Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen has postponed his appearance before the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday for medical reasons.
NEW: Lanny Davis: “The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has accepted Mr. Cohen’s request for postponement of tomorrow’s hearing due to post surgery medical needs. A future date will be announced by the Committee.”
Congressional negotiators are meeting today in an effort to salvage a deal to keep the federal government open.
Fights on immigration policy have imperiled the prospect of a deal that would avoid second partial government shutdown.
As Politico notes:
The confab carries with it significant urgency: Negotiators have hoped to post compromise legislation that funds the government and gives President Donald Trump new money for border security by Monday evening to meet the House Democratic majority’s new rules and allow passage of the legislation through the Senate by Friday evening, the new shutdown deadline.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo is going to Washington DC on Tuesday to meet with Donald Trump about reinstating state and local income tax deductibility for federal income tax.
The 2017 Republican tax cut bill capped the deduction at $10,000 which had a major impact on residents of high tax states like New York.
Ilhan Omar has now issued an apology for her tweets last night which have been almost universally condemned as antisemitic.
Listening and learning, but standing strong ?? pic.twitter.com/7TSroSf8h1
A Democratic Super Pac has filed an FEC complaint against billionaire Howard Schultz.
The Huffington Post reports:
American Bridge 21st Century – which primarily focuses on obtaining opposition research on Republicans – argues in its complaint that Schultz is pushing the limits of an exemption in the Federal Election Campaign Act that allows potential candidates to “test the waters” before officially deciding to run for office, during which time they adhere to less stringent election rules. The complaint has been sent but not yet officially received by the FEC.
“Mr Schultz cannot continue to skirt the Act’s disclosure requirements by publicly stating that he has not made a final decision regarding his candidacy if such a decision has already been made,” the complaint reads.
Schultz has become anathema for Democrats since he started floating a third-party presidential bid which they fear would divide the anti-Trump vote and give an opportunity for Trump to win re-election.
In other news today in Virginia, the House of Delegates just voted to raise the age to buy cigarettes to 21.
In a state where tobacco dominated the economy for three centuries, it represents a major shift.
ALSO HAPPENING: The House just voted 66-31 to increase the legal age for buying cigarettes to 21. Would’ve once been a hugely controversial move in a tobacco state.
Both Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar and California senator Kamala Harris consulted with Hillary Clinton before launching their presidential bids.
The Daily Mail reports that Clinton had conversations with both women in recent weeks.
California governor Gavin Newsom will withdraw national guardsmen deployed to the US-Mexico border and deploy them elsewhere.
The California Democrat will shift 400 troops away from the border as Donald Trump escalates his rhetoric about illegal immigration and the need for a wall.