The following is brief history of President Trump’s signature issue, the southern border wall.
- The idea for a wall traversing the southern border of the nation is birthed in the midst of the campaign by alt-right/actual trolls like Steve Bannon and Steven Miller (sans aerosol hairpiece).
- The wall is launched as a major policy initiative in a campaign that doesn’t know what that is. The incredibly dumb idea carries an estimated initial price tag of $25 billion.
- The president successfully employs “the wall” to rile up the froth-mouthed xenophobes attending his campaign rallies. The excitement culminates in chants of “Build The Wall!” followed by chants of “Lock Her Up!” and some misdemeanor assault.
- Donald Trump wins the election, loses the popular vote and the zombie apocalypse inches ever closer.
- The wall remains a racist fever dream, until Democrats, in an effort to preserve DACA, offer to fund the very dumb idea.
- In a truly remarkable self-own, the president refuses.
- Time passes. Nothing good happens except for the Great British Baking Show and the Philadelphia Eagles winning the Super Bowl. Go birds.
- The Democrats retake the House
- The president, facing the certainty of congressional investigations and the looming specter of Bob Mueller, tries to reinvigorate his base with renewed pledges to build the wall.
- Wounded and lacking any leverage, the president lowers his ask from $25 billion to $5 billion and says that the wall he promised is actually some fencing and a bunch of metal slats.
- The Democrats, and Mexico, refuse to fund the slats.
- The president throws a tantrum and shuts down the government, depriving government employees of their paychecks during the holidays.
This is all so dumb.
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