Donald Trump ran for the presidency on curbing illegal immigration by promising to build a wall on the southern border. It’s the issue that helped catapult him to the front of a crowded field of Republicans in 2016.
Anywhere Trump would hold a rally or anytime he would make a television appearance, no matter what other topic came up, he would talk about illegal immigration and “the wall” and how he was going to fund it. Mexico was going to pay for the entire thing, according to Trump.
Well, flash forward a few years and candidate Trump is now President Trump and he’s been in office for nearly two years. In those first years of the Trump administration, Republicans held both houses of congress and the presidency and there still isn’t a wall or even the funding in order to build it.
Now, with the Democrats set to take over the House of Representatives in January, Trump will have to deal with them in order to secure funding for his wall. In the press and on Twitter, Trump has been going back and forth with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer about the wall, Trump has even threatened, saying he would be “proud” to shut down the government in order to fund his promised wall. He has demanded $5 billion for his wall.
Well, now that promise, may not have been an actual promise after all.
The White House seems to have backed off their threat of a government shutdown. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday “we have other ways that we can get to that $5 billion (for a border wall).”
She went on to say:
“We will work with Congress if they will make sure we get a bill passed that provides not just the funding for the wall, but there’s a piece of legislation that’s been pushed around that Democrats actually voted 26-5 out of committee that provides roughly $26 billion for border security including $1.6 billion for the wall.”
That $1.6 billion is far short of the $5 billion the White House has demanded and one loud, avid Trump supporter has taken notice.
Conservative commentator and writer, Ann Coulter isn’t happy with Trump and his administration’s apparent backtracking on shutting down the government in order to get the funding for the wall.
In fairness to Trump, maybe we misheard him in 2016. Maybe he said the southern border needed a big, beautiful mall.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) December 19, 2018
In addition to Twitter, Coulter wrote a new column entitled: “GUTLESS PRESIDENT IN WALL-LESS COUNTRY” in which she goes after Trump.
In part of her column Coulter goes on to write:
Maybe I’m a literalist. A zealot. When people kept telling me to be patient — the wall is coming! — I nursed a private hope that I was wrong, and they were right.
It is now crystal clear that one of two things is true: Either Trump never intended to build the wall and was scamming voters all along, or he has no idea how to get it done and zero interest in finding out.
Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how things shake out with Trump, the Democrats and funding for his wall.