The El Paso Fire Department on Monday denied that President Trump had received special permission to fit 10,000 people into an arena for his campaign rally in the city.
Enrique Aguilar, fire public information officer, told the El Paso Times that Trump received no special treatment and that 6,500 people attended the rally at the El Paso County Coliseum.
Aguilar added that the crowd size may have been 10,000 when considering the crowd outside the arena. But he said the fire department did not specifically track those figures.
Trump on Monday night held a rally in the border city of El Paso, Texas, where he continued to call for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He said at one point “69,000 people signed up to be here.”
“Now the arena holds 8,000,” he added. “And thank you, fire department. They got in about 10,000. Thank you, fire department. Appreciate it.”
“A young man who’s got very little going for himself except he’s got a great first name. He challenged us. So we have, let’s say 35,000 people tonight, and he has, say, 200 people, 300 people,” Trump said, before predicting that the media would not acknowledge the disparity.
“Not too good. In fact, what I would do is I would say that may be the end of his presidential bid.”
O’Rourke said during a speech that his hometown was “safe not because of walls, but in spite of walls.”