Day 178: Trump Worried About Americans Being Killed by Flying Sacks of Drugs

Sixty-pound bundles from Mexico could kill people by landing on their heads.

The only tangible campaign promise that Donald Trump had for more than a year was his desire to build a wall along the southern border of the U.S.

He once said:

“I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me — and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”

But, then, it was Mexico would pay for it at some point, not necessarily before.

He once promised:

“We’re going to build a wall, folks. We’re going to build a wall. We’re going to build it. Don’t worry. We’re going to build a wall. That wall will go up so fast your head will spin.”

But, then, it was that it would happen eventually. These things take time, after all.

He once claimed the wall would span from sea to sea, before gradually backing off that proclamation, too, continually shrinking the amount of area that needed to be covered. It was going to be steel throughout. Then, maybe fencing in some places and nothing at all in others, as natural barriers would take care of some gaps.

The wall has been estimated to be 30 feet then 40 then 50. During random speeches he would scream, “The wall just got 10 feet higher!”

It would cost a few billion dollars. Then, $10 billion. Then, $12–15 billion, according to Republicans. Then, $67 billion, according to Democrats. All of this in addition to annual upkeep.

In a seemingly spur of the moment announcement recently, Trump boasted the wall would have solar panels, and he would consider making the wall even taller to add more solar panels.

This week, his logic for the wall has hit a new low.

Trump wants to make part of the wall — again, a wall at least 30 feet high — transparent so that people standing along the wall have time to evade 60-pound bundles of drugs being thrown over the big, beautiful structure.

In the past, security experts and border patrol agents have noted surveillance reasons as the chief reason to making a wall that was at least partially transparent: a see-through divider allows agents to better monitor situations to the south. That’s one reason many people remain in favor of the current fencing at high-risk locations.

Trump, however, invented a situation where lives are going to be saved by someone seeing and dodging a sack of marijuana being flung over a three story wall.

A wall, in the highly unlikely event of ever being built, won’t stop tunnels under the border and won’t stop drugs from coming into this country through established checkpoints — where the majority come in anyway. It won’t stop people from overstaying their visas — the primary method of undocumented migrants getting into the U.S.

The wall and what it aims to do and protect are purely a figment of Trump’s imagination.

178 days in, 1284 to go

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