Like the broken record that it has proven itself to be, the Trump administration once again harped about the importance of the border wall in a tweet sent out from Mike Pence’s official @VP Twitter account.
Important visit to our southern border today. WALLS WORK. And the border wall is not only necessary to support the men & women on the frontlines of our homeland security but also a physical manifestation of the determination of the American people to protect our sovereignty. pic.twitter.com/nrbC8c238G
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) April 30, 2018
With so much internal turmoil plaguing the White House, it has frequently compensated with effusive praise of the border wall to placate their base. With little else to offer in the way of legislative accomplishments, the wall – which, thus far, amounts to only repairs on existing sections of fencing – is all the GOP has left to promote itself.
California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom saw Pence’s groveling tweet and quickly spoke truth to power.
Actually, it’s just a physical manifestation of your idiocy.
A 1,900 mile waste of taxpayer money that is impossible to complete. Rivers, mountains, tribal land, private land, and countless other obstacles make it more like Swiss cheese than an insurmountable barrier. https://t.co/BO6nQhbLbu
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 1, 2018
Notwithstanding the fact that the border wall, for which Trump has still yet to secure the elusive funding from Mexico, is more unpopular than it is popular in the United States, its completion would fail to actually create an effective barrier given the countless obstacles in its way, as Newsom pointed out.
But with no legislative accomplishments to tout other than a floundering tax plan that enjoys only minority approval in the United States, the Republican Party will continue to obsess over the wall as if their political futures depend on it—because they do.