El Paso Mayor Says President Trump Called Him a RINO During Visit to Comfort Shooting Victims


El Paso's Republican mayor said Donald Trump criticized him during the President's visit to the Texas city last week in the wake of the mass shooting that killed 22 people.

Mayor Dee Margo said he told Trump he was spreading "misinformation" about crime in the border town. Margo made the comments to PBS's Frontline in an interview published Wednesday, exactly a week after he met with the President.

Trump responded with a political attack. "He said, 'You're a RINO' and I said, 'No, sir. I am not a RINO,'" Margo said. RINO -- Republican in Name Only -- has long been a term associated with liberal Republicans, but lately it has also become a derisive term that many Trump supporters use to describe Republicans who criticize or refuse to support the President.

Margo continued, "I said, 'I simply corrected the misinformation you were given by [the Texas] Attorney General. That's all I did … He just kinda grinned."

The "misinformation" Margo is referring to was the false claim made by Trump in his February State of the Union address that El Paso's crime rate was one of the highest in the U.S. until a barrier fence was erected in 2009.

Margo said the border fence had no "direct impact" on El Paso's overall crime rate. "We are one of the safest cities in the country, but we have been before the fence went up," he told Frontline. There were just 19 murders or non-negligent manslaughters known to law enforcement in El Paso in 2017, according to the FBI. In Washington D.C., which has a similar population, there were 116.

Trump's language on migration and violent crime has been linked by many in civil society to the El Paso shooting, which was carried out by an alleged white supremacist who wrote of an "invasion" of Hispanic people.

"The President's open racism is an invitation to violence," the former El Paso Congressman and 2020 Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke said after the shooting. "The writing has been on the wall since his maiden speech coming down the escalator calling immigrants 'rapists and criminals'."

"The action that follows cannot surprise us."


More Related News

Court rules Trump can withhold funds from
Court rules Trump can withhold funds from 'sanctuary' jurisdictions

President Donald Trump's administration can withhold millions of dollars in law enforcement funds from states and cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Wednesday. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court

Trump is reportedly
Trump is reportedly 'furious' that US stocks have tanked on coronavirus fears - and he's accusing the 'fake news' media of throwing fuel on the fire

President Donald Trump blasted the news media in a tweet Wednesday morning amid frustrations over the coronavirus-driven stock sell-off.

Sanders roughed up, hits back at Democratic presidential debate
Sanders roughed up, hits back at Democratic presidential debate
  • World
  • 2020-02-26 04:04:57Z

Joe Biden, who needs a victory in South Carolina's crucial primary on Saturday to keep his campaign alive, hit Sanders as soft on gun control, while billionaire tycoon Michael Bloomberg said Russia was working to help Sanders win the nomination -- betting he will be defeated in November. "Vladimir Putin thinks that Donald Trump should be president of the United States, and that's why Russia is helping you get elected so you'll lose to him," the former New York mayor told Sanders in a heated opening exchange.

Coronavirus live updates: CDC warns Americans of
Coronavirus live updates: CDC warns Americans of 'significant disruption'
  • World
  • 2020-02-25 22:02:00Z

Until now, health officials said they'd hoped to prevent community spread in the U.S. But following community transmissions in Italy, Iran and South Korea, health officials believe the virus may not be able to be contained at the border. This comes in contrast to statements from the Trump administration.

Trump Demands Two Liberal Justices Recuse Themselves From His Cases
Trump Demands Two Liberal Justices Recuse Themselves From His Cases

NEW DELHI -- President Donald Trump lashed out at two liberal Supreme Court justices Tuesday, escalating his battle with the judicial system to new heights despite entreaties by his attorney general to refrain from Twitter blasts that complicate the administration's legal fights.Weighing in on a

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


  • buy gmail accounts
    (2019-08-17 09:09:10Z)

    The statistics you used in it's also very exceptional and useful for us. i am very happy to visit it and thanks for sharing that is my to start with time i stop through right here.

  • nisha singh
    (2019-08-29 06:48:11Z)

    I have gone through your post and I found it very helpful. Looking forward to posting from you.

  • Buy gmail accounts
    (2019-08-29 06:49:44Z)

    Excellent article. Very interesting to read.

  • buy outlook accounts
    (2019-08-29 07:26:37Z)

    excellent post thanks for sharing

  • phone verified gmail accounts
    (2019-08-29 11:41:01Z)

    Very nice post here and thanks for it. I always like and such super content of these post.

  • buy Gmail accounts
    (2019-09-03 11:02:16Z)

    It is my first visit to your blog and I am very impressed with the article. Thank you for sharing with us. I will be the back for the greater post.

  • buy twitter accounts
    (2019-09-05 06:21:47Z)

    I always like and such super content of these post. Looking forward to posting from you.

  • twitter account for sale
    (2019-12-19 06:04:45Z)

    Wow, this is fascinating reading. I am glad I found this and got to read it. Great job on this content. I liked it a lot. Thanks for the great and unique info.

  • rahul verma
    (2019-12-19 09:32:17Z)

    Thanks, I really like to read this!!

  • pvagmailaccs
    (2019-12-19 09:35:38Z)

    keep it up!!

  • Matthenry
    (2020-02-09 12:20:15Z)

    President Trump can be very unpredictable and expect him to call you anything.

  • Alexcorey
    (2020-02-09 13:13:14Z)

    President Trump is an interesting character.

  • Alexcorey
    (2020-02-09 13:16:06Z)

    President Trump is a funny character.


Top News: Latin America