On Thursday, President Trump’s critics spent the day trying to destroy the effectiveness of his border wall. On Friday, the president hilariously blew their arguments into smithereens.
After NBC News implied that the wall was pretty much useless because it could be easily sliced through with a “household saw,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) claimed the border wall was “inefficient” because it is useless “1st century technology.”
“The wall is 1st century technology. The below is what can happen when you use 1st century technology in the 21st century,” Lieu wrote. “Democrats support border security. That's why we oppose the wall across the border. It is inefficient and makes us less safe.”
But the real kicker was when CNN’s Jim Acosta made a video of himself standing at the border wall in Texas and pointing out that there was no border crisis in sight.
“Here are some of the steel slats the president has been talking about, right here,” Acosta said, patting the solid barrier. “As we’re walking along here, we’re not seeing any kind of imminent danger. There are no migrants trying to rush toward this fence here in the McAllen, Texas area. No sign of the national emergency that the president has been talking about. As a matter of fact, it’s quite tranquil down here.”
Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, among others, pointed out that Acosta had just beautifully proven Trump’s point: Walls do work.
“This clown does not realize that he is making the case for a wall!” Rush said on his show Thursday.
Trump simply trolled Acosta by sharing his video and captioning it, “Dear Diary.” Writing “Dear Diary” in front of Acosta’s complaints on Twitter about the Trump administration is a common way that Trump supporters mock Acosta as whiny.
Trump had a longer reply for Lieu as he spoke in front of cameras and said, “They say a wall is medieval. Well, so is a wheel. A wheel is older than a wall. I looked, and every single car out there, even the expensive ones that the Secret Service use...I said, ‘Do they all have wheels?’ Yes. Oh, I thought it was medieval.”
“There are some things that work,” he concluded. “A wheel works and a wall works.”
Not surprisingly, his light-hearted comment sparked a fact-checking debate on Twitter over which one came first: the wheel or the wall.
Trump also visited the southern border to see the situation down there first-hand.
“Humanitarian Crisis at our Southern Border,” the president wrote on Twitter Friday. “I just got back and it is a far worse situation than almost anyone would understand, an invasion! I have been there numerous times — The Democrats, Cryin’ Chuck and Nancy don’t know how bad and dangerous it is for our ENTIRE COUNTRY.”
“The Steel Barrier, or Wall, should have been built by previous administrations long ago. They never got it done — I will,” he continued. “Without it, our Country cannot be safe. Criminals, Gangs, Human Traffickers, Drugs & so much other big trouble can easily pour in. It can be stopped cold!”
He also noted that, “The Fake News Media keeps saying we haven’t built any NEW WALL. Below is a section just completed on the Border. Anti-climbing feature included. Very high, strong and beautiful! Also, many miles already renovated and in service!”