The currently unfolding partial federal government shutdown is now the longest in American history, with President Donald Trump having at this point essentially made it part of the core of the identity of his administration to relentlessly push for a border wall no matter the cost. This weekend, he shared the latest front in that campaign that’s seen him deny to approve any funding without billions for a wall — a video campaign.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2019
The disturbingly maniacal video recaps Trump’s arguments for a wall blocking off Mexico and, more specifically, his recent trip to the southern border town of McAllen, Texas, where he participated in an ego boosting roundtable about the supposedly wall-necessitating border crisis.
In voiceover sprinkled throughout the video, Trump asserts:
‘When I took the oath of office, I swore to protect our country and that is what I will always do… Democrats in Congress have refused to acknowledge the crisis. Hopefully we can rise above partisan politics in order to support national security. This is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve to finally after all of these decades secure our border.’
He’s acting like he’s some kind of demented pseudomessiah at this point, which caters to his base but is relentlessly disconnected from reality.
There are crimes that are committed both around the southern border and by undocumented immigrants into the United States, yes. However, those crimes are not any different from the crimes committed by any other ethnic group. Trump’s solution to criminal activity is some kind of white supremacist mess where a wall of sticks — that are easily sawed through, according to tests! — keeps out the oh so scary transnational criminal gangs of Mexicans.
Apparently, these fantasy megacriminals who’d be stopped in this situation have never heard of planes, boats, shovels — or saws. A wall will save us all, Trump says.
Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of government workers continue to face the prospect of no pay for who knows how long. Trump has personally put hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work in service of his wall.
That’s the real crisis.
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