President Trump ’s first “Make America Great Again” Rally” campaign-style rally of the year in El Paso, Texas was repeatedly interrupted by protesters.
The president was in the middle of discussing Veterans Choice legislation, when the massive crowd of his supporters began started booing at a protester, prompting Trump to pause and look back.
The protester was removed from the venue off-camera as Trump looked on from the podium, igniting the crowd to boisterously shout, “USA, USA, USA!”
Where do these people come from? Where do they come from? They go back home to mommy,” Trump said as his supporters erupted into applause. “Then they get punished when they get home.”
The crowd then began chanting, “Build that wall!”
“Now, you really mean ‘finish that wall,’ because we’ve built a lot of it,” Trump quipped as he spoke to the crowd, in front of a large red banner that read, “finish the wall.”
At another point in the rally, another protester caused another interruption, prompting Trump to ask if there was any place more fun to be than a Trump rally.
The president announced his rally last week during his second State of the Union address, in which he alleged El Paso is now one of the nation’s safest cities because of a “powerful barrier” that was put in place.
The El Paso County Coliseum event took place half-a-mile away from a border wall protest led by former Democratic Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
The “young man” with a “great name,” “challenged us,” the president said in reference to O’Rourke.
“We have, let’s say, 35,000 people tonight, and [O’Rourke] has 200 people, 300 people — not too good,” Trump told the crowd.
O’Rourke speaks and Trump rally music is audible coming from a quarter mile away pic.twitter.com/poJrTNAOGC
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