As Trump arrived in Texas, thousands rallied to protest his racist rhetoric, linking it a manifesto published by the alleged El Paso gunman, who echoed Trump’s language about an “invasion” of immigrants. Joining the protest was former Texas congressmember and Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke, who represented El Paso until early this year, and his successor, Democratic Congressmember Veronica Escobar.
Rep. Veronica Escobar: “We will not stop. We will not stop resisting the hate, resisting the bigotry, resisting the racism.”
Congressmember Escobar tweeted that she had declined Trump’s invitation to join him on a tour of El Paso because “I refuse to be an accessory to his visit. I refuse to join without a dialogue about the pain his racist and hateful words & actions have caused our community and country.”