Few ideas in Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign were more iconic than his plan to build a “big, beautiful” wall on the border between the United States and Mexico.
The concept was not unfamiliar to much of America, and portions of a wall do currently exist, but the liberal left had somehow convinced the nation to think of the wall as uncouth, or offensive. Democrats pinned a furious shame on those who opposed the wall, attempting to out these law-loving citizens as bigots or racists simply because they weren’t comfortable with the actions of illegal immigrants in America.
These delusional democrats would soon face their biggest fear however, as Donald Trump waltzed into Washington D.C. with his border plans in tow.
Now, as the right and left battle it out over the DACA Dreamers program and the abstract thought of amnesty, the border wall has found itself front and center in the national consciousness once again. It all started with Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly made a statement insinuating that the President’s thoughts on the border wall had “evolved” – something that Americans took to mean that Trump was now abandoning his plans for the physical barrier.
The President was not amused by this allegation, and let fly a furious tweet to explain.
“President Trump directly contradicted his own chief of staff on Thursday and said his position on building a wall between the United States and Mexico had not ‘evolved.’
“Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, John F. Kelly, told some Democratic lawmakerson Wednesday that Mr. Trump had “evolved” on the issue of the wall, and that the president was not ‘fully informed’ when he promised to build such a barrier last year.
“In an early-morning Twitter post, Mr. Trump took the unusual step of publicly pushing back against his own White House, signaling a disconnect between the president and his staff at a critical time of negotiations with Congress to avoid a government shutdown.”
The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it. Parts will be, of necessity, see through and it was never intended to be built in areas where there is natural protection such as mountains, wastelands or tough rivers or water…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2018
This quick and powerful retort has been reported as a direct contradiction by the mainstream media, but understanding the context is also important.
Trump is no longer on the campaign trail, where only the distillate of thoughts will be spoken. The “wall” does not need to mean “WALL” any longer. Now, from the White House, the President can set forth to find the most effective solution to the problem of illegal immigration, which, as he tweets here, will include a wall.
The left, having lost every other battle in the last year, is now fighting on the semantics front, it appears.