Donald Trump's Wall

Donald Trump's Wall

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Donald Trump's Wall refers to a campaign promise made by Republican Presidential nominee of the 2016 United States Presidential Election Donald Trump to build a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico in order to keep Mexicans and people from central and south America out of the country.

Origin

On June 16th, 2015, Trump announced his candidacy for presidency. Among his campaign promises was to build a wall on the border between Mexico and the United States, and that Mexico would pay for it.[1]



Spread

The promise became one of Trump's signature issues. It has received intense criticism. Former President of Mexico Vincente Fox said in an interview there was no way Mexico would pay for "that fucking wall."[1] It has also been knocked for being intensely jingoistic,[2] expensive,[3] and ineffective, as many illegal immigrants don't enter the country by simply hopping the border but rather overstay visas or are smuggled in.[5] Towards the end of the presidential campaign, Trump has modified his position on the wall, saying the wall would be paid for by American taxpayers, with Mexico reimbursing America afterwards.[4]

Various Examples

Throughout the Republican presidential primaries and leading up to the general election, Donald Trump's US-Mexico Wall proposal steadily grew into a major talking point of his presidential campaign, as well as a subject of ridicule from his opponents and critics online, spawning a series of image macros and photoshopped parodies poking fun at the plan


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Trump's Tariff Proposal

On January 25th, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order titled 鈥淏order Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements," calling for the construction of a wall along the United States-Mexican border. While the order does not prescribe the specifications, logistics or funding for the controversial construction project, the plan seemed to rely on the presumption that Mexico would reimburse the United States for the cost. In response, Mexican President Enrique Pe帽a rejected and condemned President Trump's proposal by insisting that "Mexico won't pay for any wall" in a televised address, while canceling his upcoming presidential summit with Trump.

On the next day, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that the Trump administration is considering a 20% tariff on Mexican imports as one of the possible ways to fund the construction of a wall.

"I think when you take a look at the plan that's taking shape now using comprehensive tax reform as a means to tax imports from countries that we have a trade deficit from, like Mexico. [鈥 We can do $10 billion a year and easily pay for the wall just through that mechanism alone."

Wall Requirements

On March 19th, Fox News ran a segment on The White House's requirements for the border wall. The requirements were simple: It must be 30 feet high, look good from the U.S. side, and be difficult to climb or cut through (shown below).


BORDER WALL REQUIREMENTS 30-FOOT HIGH WALL LOOK GOOD FROM U.S. SIDE DIFFICULT TO CLIMB OR CUT THROUGH THE WHITE HOUSE

The screenshot of the requirements soon became a point of mockery on Twitter, as users made fun of the simple requirements for the wall and the perceived strangeness of the "look good from U.S. side requirement. One popular tweet by @LydiaBurrell edited the shot with the lyrics to "You Gotta Be" by Des'ree and gained over 1,600 retweets (shown below).


s-----, a burrell @LydiaBurrell Follow ORDER WALL REQUIREMENTS IT'S GOTTA BE BAD IT'S GOTTA BE BOLD IT'S GOTTA BE WISER IT'S GOTTA BE HARD -IT'S GOTTA BE TOUGH -IT'S GOTTA BE STRONGER THE WHITE HOUSE

The jokes were covered in Twitter Moments,[9] Select All,[10] Elite Daily,[11] and more.


Border Wall Requirements: 路Automatic Supersonic 路Hypnotic Funky Fresh Border Wall Requirements: 69 feet high 路Covered in glitter on US side .Shoots lasers Has a moat with alligators 路Racist graffiti 路Yuuuge Border wall requirements: Really bigly . Cool af stuff on US side . Lame af stuff on Mexico side 路A moat with sharks 路Photon torpedoes

GoFundMe Campaign

On December 17th, 2018, Florida resident Brian Kolfag created a GoFundMe[13] titled "We The People Will Fund The Wall," proposing to raise money to help build the border wall. Within 72 hours, the campaign raised upwards of $6.8 million of its $1.0 billion goal (shown below).


$6,841,497 r1 $1,08 goal 119 Raised by 111,824 people in 3 days Donate Now f Share on Facebook Created December 16, 2018 Brian Kolfage SH Community 9 MIRAMAR, FL Recent Donations $100 Jake Hance Just Now We The People Will Fund The Wall

In the campaign's description, Kolfag denounces illegal immigration and claims "鈥淚f the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall.鈥 On December 20th, Redditor zzyzx66 submitted a photoshopped version of the campaign page, displaying "Ronald T Trump" as the sole contributor to /r/meme[12] (shown below).


gofundme Q Search Start a GoFundMe Share Tweet Donate Tnis campaign is trenaing $1,972,500 of $1.0B goal Raised by 33.624 people in 3 days Donate Now f Share on Facebook Created December 16, 2018 The Wall Fundraising Team MIRAMAR, FL We The People Will Fund The Wall Recent Donations f Share Tweet #2+2-3 shares $1,972,000 Ronald TTrump 2 mins ago Story Updates

State of Emergency Declaration

On February 14th, 2019, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced via the Notes app that Donald Trump had signed a government funding bill to keep the government open after the 2018-2019 Government Shutdown and that he would be declaring a National State of Emergency over what he has called a crisis at the border.[14]


Sarah Sanders @PressSec Follow Statement on Government Funding Bill: "President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action including a national emergency - to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border. The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country" Sarah Sanders

The move was supported by Senate Leader Mitch McConnell.[15] Declaring a National Emergency allows Trump to move funding from other areas of the government for the purposes of constructing a border wall.[16] He could siphon funds away from military departments of the government, including the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and the Army Corps of Engineers. If he Trump signs a state of emergency declaration, he would likely face legal challenges in court from Democrats and from the military branches from whom he would be taking money.[15] Congress could also try to block the declaration, though Trump could veto their block if they do not pass a block with a two-thirds majority vote in both houses. [17] In response, Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill to stop the president from using disaster recovery funds for the Wall.[18] Senator Lindsey Graham[19] stated he stood firmly behind Trump's proposal. Senator Chuck Schumer spoke to the Senate saying the move was a distraction tactic on Trump's part to cover up his failure to secure funding for the wall (shown below). Nancy Pelosi stated that the issues like gun control were more worthy of an emergency declaration.[20]




Online, many Twitter users were outraged by the news. TV writer David Simon called it an example of "American Fascism," gaining over 270 retweets (shown below, left). Republican commentator Joe Walsh said declaring emergency was a "cowardly con job" that ensured the wall would never be built (shown below, right).


David Simon @AoDespair Follow When the leader of a republic can plan as a political strategy when to declare what is a national emergency and when that emergency shall begin so they can wield unrestrained power? That, fellow citizens, is a national emergency. Welcome to American fascism. 5:28 PM-14 Feb 2019 Joe Walsh @WalshFreedom Follow Declaring a national emergency is just a cowardly con job. He couldn't get the wall the right way, and even tho this declaration makes it certain he won't ever get the wall, it deceives his voters into thinking that he's really, really fighting for it. Which is b-------. 5:25 PM-14 Feb 2019

Search Interest

External References

[1] Real Clear Politics 鈥 Former Mexican President Vicente Fox to Trump: We're ''Not Paying For That F***ing Wal''l

[2] The New Yorker 鈥 DONALD TRUMP ISN鈥橳 A FASCIST; HE鈥橲 A MEDIA-SAVVY KNOW-NOTHING

[3] ABC 鈥 Experts: Trump鈥檚 border wall could be costly, ineffective

[4] Salon 鈥 Donald Trump is backing off his signature 鈥渂uild the wall鈥 campaign promise

[5] Wikipedia 鈥 Donald Trump's Political Positions

[6] CNN 鈥 Trump floats 20% tax on Mexican imports to pay for wall, but considering other options

[7] The Sun 鈥 Donald Trump Mexican wall memes erupt on Twitter as leaders continue to insist they will never pay a penny towards it

[8] Vox 鈥 Donald Trump's "paying for the wall by hiking prices on avocados" controversy, explained

[9] Twitter Moments 鈥 Trump's border wall must be big and sexy, apparently

[10] Select All 鈥 This New Meme Is Constructed Entirely From Trump鈥檚 Vain Border-Wall Requirements

[11] Elite Daily 鈥 Trump鈥檚 鈥楽exy鈥 Border Wall Demands Are Internet鈥檚 Fave New Meme For Everything

[12] Reddit 鈥 Trumps Wall GoFundMe page is crushing!

[13] GoFundMe 鈥 We The People Will Fund the Wall

[14] Twitter 鈥 @PressSec

[15] Twitter 鈥 Senate votes on bill to avoid government shutdown as Trump vows a national emergency

[16] LA Times 鈥 Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency to get his border wall -- but will that work?

[17] NPR 鈥 If Trump Declares An Emergency To Build The Wall, Congress Can Block Him

[18] Twitter 鈥 @ElizabethWarren

[19] Twitter 鈥 @LindseyGraham

[20] Twitter 鈥 @krassenstein

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