Mexico is not paying for it, and now there won’t be a ‘wall;’ it will be rows of steel bars. The truth is that it could be anything which would appease his basket of deplorables.
Here’s the problem with Trump’s latest childish demand; his steel barrier has already been proven a failure.
“Dept. of Homeland Security testing of a steel slat prototype for border wall proved it could be cut through with a saw, according to a report by DHS.”
Nearly six billion dollars for a ‘barrier’ which would soon have many holes cut through by an ordinary saw. This is another example of incompetence from the Trump administration and the right-wing which continues to support him.
Trump’s Shutdown is based on one demand; a useless and unnecessary wall. All of his claims about criminals and terrorists coming to America on our southern border are lies. With the exception of six men, suspected terrorists arrested by the Border Patrol have occurred at our nation’s airport; more than 4,000. Although some undesirables cross our southern border illegally the numbers are no where near Trump’s claim; they can be counted on one hand.
Ignored completely is the fact that domestic white terrorists are the greatest danger to the American people. There remain more mass shootings than days on the calendar.
Let’s not forget the opioid crisis. Trump promised his supporters that he would end it. In 2016 there were 58,000 Americans who died from a drug overdose related to opioid addiction; in 2017 the number rose to 75,000.
But these issues are of no importance to Trump; the baby in the White House wants his ‘wall;’ or his steel rods. Could this be another display of Trump’s extreme racism?
The American people deserve an intelligent and wise man or woman behind the desk in the Oval Office; and that’s not Donald Trump.
The Truth Lives Here
Op-ed by this “Wise Old Fart,” James Turnge
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