Activists from El Paso raised enough money in less than a day to transport a baby blimp that mocks Donald Trump to the west Texas city in time for Trump’s first campaign rally of the year this week.
The “Baby Trump Does El Paso” GoFundMe page had $4,086 as of Friday, meeting the $3,500 goal easily. Extra funds will be donated to the Annunciation House in El Paso, a nonprofit that provides support to immigrants, as Trump’s rally is alleged and likely to focus on his border wall.
The campaign’s organizer, Laura Valdez, noted in a post that the blimp is “on its way” from California.
Naturally, El Paso officials are angry that that Trump falsely characterized their city as “one of the most dangerous in the nation” before a border barrier was built. However, El Paso has been one of America’s safest cities for many years, decades actually, and the barrier wasn’t built until 2008.
“It is sad to hear President Trump state falsehoods about El Paso in an attempt to justify the building of a 2,000-mile wall,” said Sheriff Richard Wiles.
Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) sent a letter to Trump on Thursday demanding Trup give an apology for his State of the Union statements. She said Trump’s “outright lies” and “cheap attempts to use our community as a political prop.”
Trump’s campaign manager tweeted that Trump’s rally is being held “less than 1000 feet from the successful border fence that keeps El Paso safe!” This is, of course, stretching the truth.