As REM sang in 1987, “This one goes out to the one I love This one goes out to the one I’ve left behind…”
“President and Mrs. Obama built/has a ten foot Wall around their D.C. mansion/compound,” he wrote then. “I agree, totally necessary for their safety and security. The U.S. needs the same thing, slightly larger version!” (December 30, 2018)
First of all, Trump wanted a wall across the southern border of the United States, not around every individual home, but, whatever…
This week, at the first cabinet meeting of the New Year, there were a couple of other questionable comments about walls.
“Look, look, when they say the wall’s immoral well then you — you’ve got to do something about the Vatican because the Vatican has the biggest wall of them all.” (January 2, 2019)
That’s a repeat of when Trump aide Dan Scavino tweeted in 2016 that the Pope was a hypocrite on immigration because Vatican City was surrounded by massive walls. As CNN’s Daniel Burke wrote at the time: “Yes, the Vatican does have walls, and some are quite large. But anyone can stroll through the Pope’s front yard — St. Peter’s Square — at nearly any time.”
“Look at all of the countries that have walls and they work 100%.” (January 2, 2019)
So, I took Trump up on this statement and here’s a look at walls, past and present.
There’s the Great Wall of China, Hadrian’s Wall + Antoine’s Wall, Wall Street, The Berlin Wall, the DMZ, the Israeli-Palestinian Barrier….