On Monday night, President Donald Trump slammed potential 2020 Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke, claiming that the crowd at his rally was larger than O’Rourke’s as the two men held competing rallies in the border city of El Paso, Texas.
Speaking at a raucous event that served as the unofficial kickoff of his reelection race, Trump called the former Texas congressman “a young man who’s got very little going for himself except he’s got a great first name.”
“He challenged us,” the president said, claiming that the crowd at his rally was larger than O’Rourke’s.
“Not good,” Trump added. “I would say that may be the end of his presidential bid.”
Trump noted that O’Rourke lost to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the 2018 midterm elections while he is “1 and 1” in his political career and stated “we’re going to go 2 for 0.”
In El Paso, Pres. Trump calls out Beto O’Rourke early in remarks, calling him “a young man who’s got very little going for himself, except he’s got a great first name.” https://t.co/j14esAeUkQ pic.twitter.com/u1ldtjCRlV
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The event also doubled as a chance for Trump to make his case for a border wall in a city that sits directly across the Rio Grande from Mexico.