Donald Trump is never getting his border wall. He can shut down the government, he can kidnap immigrant kids, he can yell one racist insult after another, but the wall is never happening. Earlier today his former Chief of Staff John Kelly acknowledged that even Trump long ago privately gave up on the idea of a wall happening. But now Trump is publicly taking a new approach, and let’s just say it’s not going over well.
Here’s what Trump vomited out this evening about his imaginary border wall: “President and Mrs. Obama built/has a ten foot Wall around their D.C. mansion/compound. I agree, totally necessary for their safety and security. The U.S. needs the same thing, slightly larger version!” Hoo boy. Where do we even start?
First, we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t point out that “built/has” doesn’t work in that sentence at all – a reminder that Donald Trump is as illiterate as ever. Second, Trump doesn’t seem to understand why a public figure would have a wall around their property. It’s there to keep looky-loos from wandering onto the property seeking selfies. If anyone were seriously looking to do harm, a ten foot wall wouldn’t stop them (ladders exist, for instance); it’s why the Obama compound surely has real security measures in place.
Does Donald Trump really not understand that? Or is he merely playing to the fact that his supporters flock to the most braindead reductionist faux-logic? In any case, normal non-addled people were far less than impressed with Trump’s tweet, and they let him know it. We’re hoping the Obamas decide to screw with Trump by announcing that not only did they build a wall around their compound, they got Mexico to pay for it.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report