I had written an article fairly similar to this one back in September of 2017 after Trump reportedly made a deal with Schumer and Pelosi regarding DACA that excluded the wall (and such a report was later debunked). So we’ve been here before, with conservatives and Trump supporters sitting at the edge of the cliff believing that they’re being thrown over. I can tell you right now, relax. Allow me to explain the situation.
This time is different from the September article because that article talked about an MSM report about Trump caving on the wall, which I explained why that was bogus. The way it’s different this time is that Trump himself tweeted something that, at first glance, can be seen as potentially caving (if you don’t look at the other things the Trump administration is saying, of course). But even in those tweets, you can also see that he is not caving on the wall.
Here are the tweets that I’m sure you’ve seen float around if you have a Twitter account and are following Donald Trump: “The Democrats, are saying loud and clear that they do not want to build a Concrete Wall – but we are not building a Concrete Wall, we are building artistically designed steel slats, so that you can easily see through it…” “…It will be beautiful and, at the same time, give our Country the security that our citizens deserve. It will go up fast and save us BILLIONS of dollars a month once completed!”
At first glance, it certainly looks like Trump is caving on the wall. Literally saying “we are not building a Concrete Wall” will naturally and understandably lead people to think he’s caving. But here’s the thing: a concrete wall would be next to useless and worthless to have at the Southern Border.
First, a concrete wall is not see-through, so you can’t see people coming on the other side unless you get a lot more Border Patrol agents. Having a see-through steel slat wall is far more cost-effective and effective in general.
Second, a concrete wall is not indestructible. Matter of fact, it wouldn’t take all that much to break through or dig through or simply blow it up. And since you can’t see through it, you don’t have much of a chance to catch anyone trying anything there.
Now, I can definitely understand why there are Trump supporters out there who legitimately think he’s caving. When Trump first brought up the idea of building a “big, beautiful wall”, I think a lot of people had a pretty good idea as to what it would look like: a concrete, stone or even steel wall (not see-through) that is pretty much similar to a prison wall (only instead of keeping people in, it keeps people out).
Or at the very least, a wall that is similar to the one in Israel that separates them from the Palestinian terrorists trying to invade and destroy Israel in the West Bank.
Here’s the thing about that: Israel’s wall is covering the border between Israel and the West Bank, with 272 miles already finished (as of 2011), 36 miles under construction (as of 2011) and 132 miles planned (as of 2011). In total, that’s a planned wall that covers 440 miles. Of course, Israel has more than just the West Bank to worry about in terms of border security, but in other areas, such as in its border with Egypt, they have chosen to build up fences that are reportedly more effective than ours, according to the Washington Examiner.
440 miles along the West Bank in comparison to around 2,000 miles in our southern border. Pretty big difference.
Now, returning to Trump himself, there’s more to look at than just the tweets. Yes, the tweets could bring people to the wrong conclusion, but it’s definitely that: the WRONG conclusion.
Sarah Sanders and Trump have said as much that they were looking for other ways to fund the wall, at least $5 billion to start it, apart from having to deal with the Democrats. That’s not caving, that’s having a plan B.
Democrats are most likely not going to give Trump any money for a border wall, and Trump himself is acutely aware of that. As a result, in order to fulfill the biggest promise he made during the campaign, he’s looking at other options to get the wall funded, such as signing an executive order and having the military pay for the wall.
Trump looking for ways to build the wall that don’t lead to a government shutdown (which I would be okay with) is not an indication of Trump caving on the wall whatsoever.
Now, I can understand people’s frustrations here. The best chance we have at building the wall is with a Republican Congress, which we will only have for a few more weeks. Personally, I wish I had not expected so much out of traitorous RINOs like McCain and Paul Ryan because if we did not fund a wall in the first two years of Trump’s presidency, we won’t likely fund the wall in the next few weeks either.
But that doesn’t fall on Trump’s feet. It falls on the Republican Establishment being unwilling to listen to their constituents… again. The real ire ought to fall on the Republican Establishment that kept Obamacare funded, kept Planned Parenthood funded, and kept our borders unsecured.
Trump is fighting with these guys when he should only be fighting with Democrats. Of course, I do think Trump has the ability to do more than he’s doing right now, but any sort of anguish directed at him is really misplaced.
I’m not saying he doesn’t make mistakes. I think that Omnibus bill he signed was a pretty big one. But the real people that should be earning people’s scorn are people like Paul Ryan, who was Democrats’ best friend throughout these last two years, even when he got none of the credit and he was still attacked because he had an “R” next to his name. People like John McCain who, up to the moment he died, was a big obstructionist holding the Republican Party hostage (let’s not forget he was the deciding factor in not repealing and replacing Obamacare). People like Jeff Flake and Bob Corker who decided to switch sides under the guise of “country over party” which is a massive sham.
Trump is not caving on the wall. He’s not a quitter. Watching The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice, one recurring theme throughout the seasons that I’ve watched is that he hates it when someone just decides to quit or doesn’t give their best efforts. He hates quitters, so he would not be willing to quit himself.
But again, there’s really no actual and substantial indication that he is caving or quitting in any way. He has a tough job ahead of him and many in the Republican Party like the aforementioned people (except McCain at this point, but Romney will replace him in this obstructionist capacity in the new Congress) are all too happy to stab him in the back on this issue and let the blame fall on him… and it seems to be working, sadly.
So no, Trump’s not caving on the wall. I think he may have thought that once he became President that everyone would automatically love and support him, particularly on the wall. But he soon came to the realization there are seriously depraved and evil S.O.B’s out there in Washington.
And unfortunately, Democrats took control of the House, so there is not much chance at all that the wall will be built through Congress once the new Congress assembles, which is largely the reason for Trump to be looking for another way to get the wall.
It certainly won’t be easy to get it done and we might even have to wait until after the 2020 election to get a wall funded (hopefully it won’t come to that). But under such circumstance, the choice still remains pretty clear. It’s either the chance at building a wall with a newly re-elected and re-inaugurated Trump or zero chance at building a wall with a newly elected and newly inaugurated President Bernie Sanders, or President Joe Biden or whoever wins the Democrat nomination.
I’m not saying this is a good position to be in – it’s certainly not. But unfortunately, it might well come to that and we have to be ready to face reality.
Like during the midterms, I’ll take Republicans sometimes doing something good over Democrats purging this country from its foundation and turning it into something it was never intended to become: another China, Soviet Russia, Cuba or Venezuela.
I could write every single reason not to allow any Democrat to beat Trump (something both Trump supporters and NeverTrump conservatives should consider), but that will have to wait for another time. As it is, the main point to take away from this article is right in the title: Trump is NOT giving up on the wall. Whether he succeeds or not is a different story, but I think he can do it. We just need to pray to God that we can overcome the evils of the Left.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
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