Texas Representative Vicente Gonzalez is officially my new hero.
Never heard of him? Neither did I until his recent interview with MSNBC.
Gonzalez’s district includes the border town McAllen, Texas. So when Trump was spewing all those lies about the so-called “dangerous” immigrants and their threat to our country, he knew he couldn’t stay quiet.
He told MSNBC,
“The reality is McAllen is one of the safest cities in America. In fact, we’re the seventh safest city in America. We had zero murders the year of 2018.”
“I can assure you McAllen is safer than any city the president has ever lived in. It’s much safer than New York City, it’s much safer than Washington, D.C. I could walk around the middle of the night in the city of McAllen without a single threat. … This campaign rhetoric that has continued for two years really needs to stop. People need to look at FBI stats and reality.”
Trump recently visited another border town, El Paso, Texas, to continue spreading his lies. He’s often used El Paso as a “prime example” of all the crime Mexican immigrants are supposedly committing.
In his State of the Union address, he said,
“The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest in the country and considered one of our nation’s most dangerous cities. Now, immediately upon its building, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of the safest cities in our country. Simply put, walls work and walls save lives.”
According to The New York Times, this is also a flat-out lie. The NYT obtained data from the FBI, which stated that El Paso’s crime rate has always been relatively low and didn’t change after a fence was built.
Obviously, Trump has no intention of slowing down on his immigrant rhetoric. But hopefully, with the 2020 election coming up, more and more of his lies will be exposed.
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.