After all of the extremely expensive things Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail, it is pretty clear that the Republican party needs to figure out what their core values are.
For a party that claims it’s “fiscally conservative,” they are doing a downright abysmal job of upholding that value under Trump. Between the costly repeal of Obamacare and the building of the president-elect’s “Great Wall”, the GOP’s shaping up to be the biggest waster of U.S. taxpayer’s money since George W. Bush’s war in Iraq.
On Saturday, MSNBC’s Joy Reid sat down with Business Insider’s Josh Barro to discuss this “Great Wall” plan of Trump’s and who was going to pay for it. Reid begins:
‘Trump today gave a little more detail about who is going to foot the bill for the wall, and, SURPRISE… its YOU!’
Given the national debt and the level of spending Republicans have already committed to over the next four years, perhaps we should postpone Donald Trump’s “Great Wall” plan (or scrap it altogether).
But Trump waits for no one. In fact, that’s the very reason he is using for wanting to get Congress to pass a bill that fronts the money: to speed up the process. On Twitter, he raged in the aftermath of this announcement that the media was not adequately explaining that Mexico will pay back the money, once construction begins.
Josh Barro then shared his unfiltered opinion about Donald Trump’s “Great Wall” plan with viewers:
‘It felt like shtick, like how could anybody believe this was going to happen?’
Not surprisingly, very few Americans actually believe that Mexico will pay the money back, and with good reason. The current president of Mexico, Pena Nieto, declared Mexico won’t pay for it. Meanwhile, Mexico’s former President Vicente Fox trolled Trump so hard Friday on this very topic.
Donald Trump has a very simple plan to deal with Mexico’s resistance however, and that is: extortion. He plans to threaten trade agreements, and risk devastating their economy over paying for this “Great Wall”.
Things get worse when we consider the entire picture: Trump is planning to extort Mexico for between $10 and $20 billion dollars, for what will probably be little more than a fence.
In an interview shortly after Donald Trump won the election, he affirmed on CBS’ “60 Minutes” that:
‘I’m very good at this, it’s called construction, there could be some fencing.’
“…It’s called construction.” Thank you Donald, we had never heard that term before, ever.
It is reasonable to believe that the Republicans will be in trouble whether they move forward with building the wall or not. Some portion of Trump’s voters fully intended for the wall to be built, and it was one of Trump’s big promises that got a lot of media attention, and wouldn’t go away quietly. On the other side of that, is the fiscally conservative Republicans who would never support spending $10 to $20 billion on a border fence.
Joy Reid and Josh Barro punch holes in President-elect Donald Trump’s “Great Wall.”
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