It was back in 2015, when Trump first announced his intention to run for President and we weren’t all empty husks constitutionally incapable of feeling joy, that we first heard about his intention to “build a wall” between Mexico and the U.S. – a wall he described as “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, and beautiful”.
This wall – obviously, duh – was going to be paid for by Mexico, would cover a thousand miles, and be made of concrete; he even stated that it was going to “extend underground” so that people couldn’t tunnel underneath it.
The policy was a big hit with many of Trump’s supporters; back in 2017, early Trump cheerleader Mickey Kaus, frustrated by lack of action on the hypothetical wall, impatiently wrote “To whom it may concern: wall means wall”. In 2016, the London School of Economics also described the wall as “a utopian project for Trump’s supporters”, so it’s safe to say that people really care about the whole shebang.
Anyway, surprise: looks like it’s not happening!
What Trump has got, though? $1.6 billion to build…33 miles of fence.
Tweeting about it in classically sympathetic style, Trump said that the wall was being delayed by a “waste of money on Dem giveaways” – which, in this case, includes money allocated to child health and the opioid crisis.
Got $1.6 Billion to start Wall on Southern Border, rest will be forthcoming. Most importantly, got $700 Billion to rebuild our Military, $716 Billion next year...most ever. Had to waste money on Dem giveaways in order to take care of military pay increase and new equipment.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2018
The administration is trying its best to pretend it’s TOTALLY FINE with the allocation, with Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney saying that they “think this is a really, really good immigration package”.
This probably isn’t great news for Trump considering how many of his supporters remain keen wall-building enthusiasts.
“You could key yourself up to lose 50 seats if you fuck around with this thing,” one Republican close to Trump told Huffington Post. “He ought to shut down the government if he doesn’t get the money to start building the wall”.
“If you’ve got nothing in there for the wall, it’s not going to fly. The wall is a big deal. The wall is a huge deal. No wall? Few deplorables in 2018.”
Sorry guys, hope you like fences instead.