Five years later, the rhetoric often struggles to match the reality. The United States-Mexico border spans about 3145 kilometres, and about a third of it contains walls erected by successive governments over several decades. Today, most of the barriers Trump claims to have built have merely replaced fencing that was previously installed by his predecessors. Furthermore, Americans – not Mexicans – are footing the bill.US Election 2020: Fresh Texas battle looms over Trump’s border wall
he group’s efforts had received extensive promotion from Fox News and Fox Business. Shows including The Ingraham Angle, Fox & Friends, Fox & Friends First, and Cavuto: Coast to Coast all hosted Kolfage or another We Build the Wall representative to discuss the campaign, and America’s Newsroom, Lou Dobbs Tonight, Trish Regan Primetime, and The Story also plugged it, as did several FoxNews.com articles, including a lengthy profile of Kolfage.These right-wing outlets and personalities promoted Steve Bannon and Brian Kolfage’s allegedly fraudulent We Build the Wall | Media Matters for America
Tommy Fisher has received $1.7 billion in federal contracts for his Fisher Sand & Gravel construction company to build sections of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border by appealing directly to Trump in appearances on his favorite network, Fox News. But the privately funded “showcase piece” of wall that his firm constructed along the Rio Grande earlier this year is already at risk of falling down, according to a new report from ProPublica and The Texas Tribune.
“When I saw my photo crossed out in a secret government database, I realized the secondary screening and interrogation wasn’t random. I was being targeted by my own government for reporting on conditions at the border.”
—Bing Guan, photojournalist
Five journalists who were tracked, detained, and interrogated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for reporting on conditions at the southern border in 2018 and 2019 brought a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration Wednesday for what the ACLU called an “unprecedented, coordinated attack on the freedom of the press.”
You’ve been Trumped again America, (ODT)
On Thursday, Acting (of course) Customs and Border Protection commissioner Mark Morgan admitted to reporters that 70 miles of ‘new’ wall on the US-Mexico border are actually replacing old barriers.
The amount of “new” wall built so far?
Brian Williams didn’t hide the snark on Wednesday’s 11th Hour show. Trump used a video showing Army Corps of Engineers repairing an extension of an existing border fence in New Mexico, touting it as “new” wall construction.
He really does think his base are idiots.
PS Trump’s fake national “emergency” actually takes money from the Army Corps of Engineers.
Yet however this ends, Mr Trump may feel the wall is as useful as ever. His remarks in 2016 made it clear that it was as much about tactics as his strategy of fostering fear and division. It is to be invoked in times of need. Those have arrived. Mr Trump looks increasingly anxious for a deal in the trade war he started with China. Above all, Robert Mueller’s investigation moves closer and looms larger. On the same day that the president spoke, we learned that Mr Mueller has accused his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, of sharing polling data with a Russian man linked to Moscow’s intelligence agencies. Is it any surprise that Mr Trump would rather discuss the border? The wall does not have to be real to be useful: the only question is whether its magic is gradually wearing off.
You’ve got to hand it to Donald Trump and his hand-picked advisers! While some have been getting upset just because his pick for Education, Betty Devos, seemed unaware of the difference between judging a child’s proficiency or their progress (she actually didn’t seem to understand that there could be a difference) or her beliefs on…