President Trump once again exposed himself as a man of towering ignorance at a shale conference in Pittsburgh today. While speaking to a sympathetic crowd, he ran through some of his campaign trail greatest hits, which inevitably led to him bringing up his wasteful, xenophobic, and still nonexistent Mexico wall. His well-trod rhetoric on the subject took a bizarre new turn though when he claimed that his administration was going to build a border wall in a state that doesn’t even border our southern neighbor.
“Do you know why we’re going to win New Mexico? Because they want safety on their border, and they didn’t have it. And we’re building a wall on the border of New Mexico and we’re building a wall in Colorado. We’re building a beautiful wall, a big one that really works, that you can’t get over, you can’t get under,” Trump said, seemingly unaware of the fact that Colorado is bordered by New Mexico to the south, not the actual country of Mexico. Embarrassingly, his clueless boast was met with not only roars of approval but a standing ovation from members of the gathered crowd.
An image mocking the president’s geographic illiteracy and sharpie habit has already gone viral on Twitter.
This pathetic episode should serve as yet another reminder of the current state of the MAGA movement. Donald Trump has been urging his followers to disconnect from reality and to trust him totally for so long that it’s now at a point where he can promise to build a border wall in Colorado and rather than befuddlement or snickers he’s met with cheers. These men and women have followed their leader into a dangerous fantasy world where facts are irrelevant and anything Trump says is treated as sacrosanct fact.
Our country is slowly going mad and if this egomaniacal fool is not booted from the Oval Office as soon as possible there’s no telling how much irreparable damage he will inflict on our Republic.
Here's Trump's full quote about how he's building a wall in Colorado. pic.twitter.com/nPR3sLsfTu
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 23, 2019
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Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.