Democrats pulled even farther ahead in the battle over the government shutdown and funding a border wall this morning, after Donald Trump was seriously undermined by two significant revelations; a new report from the Department of Homeland Security on border wall prototypes and newly resurfaced comments Trump made in 2004 about “concrete” walls.
The right has been trying to make a big deal out of comments political leaders have made in the past about border security, but it will now backfire on them after comments resurfaced today that Donald Trump made during a commencement speech at Wagner College, New York, in 2004.
Trump told his audience at the college to, “Never, ever give up. Don’t give up. Don’t allow it to happen,” before telling them to go around any walls they might encounter, “If there’s a concrete wall in front of you, go through it, go over it, go around it. But get to the other side of that wall.” You can see his comments in the footage below.
“If there’s a concrete wall in front of you, go through it, go over it, go around it. But get to the other side of that wall.” – Trump in a speech at Wagner College in 2004 https://t.co/HHBHEdj3WJ pic.twitter.com/fUIqi9s5V8
— Colin Jones (@colinjones) January 10, 2019
It is hilarious that Trump specifically mentioned a concrete wall back in 2004, as this can be used as a great soundbite to attack him. Trump doesn’t really care about walls specifically, to him, this is all political theater and drama to fed his base. The problem is that it is causing real pain to our government and federal workers.
Possibly even worse for Trump than the discovery of these past comments, is that the design he called “absolutely critical to border security” during his Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday night, has effectively been debunked in a new report released by the Department of Homeland Security.
Homeland Security tested Trump’s steel fence border design and found devastating results; the steel fence is fairly easy to cut through. Border Patrol experts were able to get through the prototype using “common tools.” The results of their attempt is below.
Lolololololol!!! 😂lolololololol!!! 😂
Here's the prototype wall Trump wants!! It was cut through with a simple saw!#NoWallNowNoWallEver#FiveBillionDollarWaste pic.twitter.com/OzDuHQf2Ww
— Emmyjo (@Road_trippn) January 10, 2019
Democratic House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Representative Bennie Thompson summed up this design perfectly, as being “nothing special.”
“President Trump likes to pretend a wall will solve all our problems, but it’s been clear for some time that it is little more than a very expensive vanity project,” said Thompson. “Whether steel or concrete, there is nothing special about his wall and it will not secure our borders. Democrats are willing to work with the administration to improve our border security, but let’s get back to proven and effective solutions.”